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Council set to recruit new apprentices

SWANSEA Council's building services team launches its annual apprenticeships recruitment campaign this week(note: Feb 25)- with 16 places up for grabs.


It'll bring to 74 the number of apprentices on the team's books. They learn trades that will stand them in good stead for future careers.

The recruits - men and women - will train for four years as the council develops a new generation of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, plasterers and multi-trade personnel.

They will work on projects such as constructing top quality new schools and building new energy-efficient council homes.

The apprentices will work on key schemes such as bringing existing council homes up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week (March 4-8), the building services team is now advertising the new roles. 

The recruitment builds on the team's multi-award winning apprenticeship programme that has run for 15 years. Since 2003, more than 180 apprentices have been recruited. 

Last year the team had around 320 candidates after it advertised its opportunities. There were 15 recruits.

Cllr Jen Raynor, the council's cabinet member for education improvement, learning and skills, said: "These positions - open equally to men and women - give successful applicants invaluable experience in the workplace.

"They support vulnerable people, learn important trades and work on exciting plans for city centre regeneration.

"This latest recruitment drive will further help improve local skills and the sustainability of our services and communities. Hiring apprentices is an investment in the future of the council and the city."

Cllr Andrea Lewis, cabinet member for Homes and Energy, said: "I urge potential apprentices to apply for these new roles. We have a reputation for first-class training and producing high-quality trade and craftspeople.

"We now have more than 100 apprentices of both genders working across a range of council services - from healthcare to carpentry.

"Our building services team's hugely successful apprenticeship programme has benefitted many local young people since its inception.

"It's an example of this council building for the future excellence, welfare and sustainability of our services and communities; it allows our staff to shine and gives us a greater chance to spend money where it's needed, on public services."

Closing date for applications is March 8 and the successful applicants will be appointed in the summer after an aptitude test, skills test, phone Interview and face-to-face interview. More info:

  • Two more council apprenticeships will also be advertised soon - for roles to be based in the council's specialist parks team. The two recruits in parks will be based predominantly in Singleton Park's Botanical Gardens and in Clyne Gardens. They will gain experience in a variety of areas ranging from lawn maintenance to shrub cultivation and from ornamental tree pruning to infrastructure maintenance.

Photo: Swansea Council carpentry apprentices, from left, Iestyn Crocker, Jay Davies and Sean Dowey.





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