Apprenticeship places up for grabs at council event

Coun Malcolm Parish with Chris Duncan, of West Lindsey 'Leisure Centre, and Alex and Sam Brightman from Gainsborough.
Coun Malcolm Parish with Chris Duncan, of West Lindsey 'Leisure Centre, and Alex and Sam Brightman from Gainsborough.

Young people were able to apply for apprenticeships at a free drop-in event organised by West Lindsey District Council on Monday.

The council was recruiting five more apprentices following the success of last year’s scheme, and people could also apply for apprenticeships with other local employers in a variety of industries.

Former and current apprentices were also on hand to share their experiences and offer advice at the event in the Guildhall.

Other employers advertising apprenticeship vacancies included Boots, RPC Containers Ltd and West Lindsey Leisure Centre.

Coun Malcolm Parish, chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee and a former engineering apprentice himself, said: “When I was looking for an apprenticeship there was nothing like this to find out what was available.”

“I think young people today have more choice and more information. It’s been great to see so many people come and have a look and take advantage of that.”

“Many people I’ve spoken to – both employers and applicants – have found the event useful and we’ve had some positive feedback.”

The council now plans to look at whether a similar event can be organised to continue to support employment in the district.

Becky French, 22, from Gainsborough, now works as a support officer after completing a Level 2 qualification in Business Administration.

She said: “My apprenticeships gave me the confidence, skills and qualifications I needed to get a permanent role.”

Stacey Marie Francis, Jemma Francis, both 17, and 16-year-Jordan Russell are all studying through the Foundry Learning Centre in Gainsborough.

They went along to the event to find out what opportunities were available.

Jemma said: “We’ve all got lots of information and I’m quite impressed with the range of apprenticeships on offer. I’m thinking of applying to Boots.”

Hollie Blades, 17, from Gainsborough, is currently at Lincoln College studying for her A-Levels.

She went to the event to find out what opportunities were available in her chosen career.

“I was looking at architecture but while I’ve been here I’ve found the construction side interesting,” she said.

The five apprenticeships at West Lindsey District Council will be in customer services, waste, revenues and benefits, housing and health and well-being.

For more information about the council’s campaign go to www.westlindsey.gov.uk/work4you