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Council launches apprenticeships recruitment campaign

Swansea Council is launching its annual apprenticeships recruitment campaign this week with 18 places in the corporate building services team up for grabs along with a number of other positions.

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As part of National Apprenticeship Week officers will be attending a Careers Fair at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday (February 5) to provide information about the varied positions on offer and the types of apprenticeship opportunities available.

There will also be a chance to chat on the day with some of those already on the council's apprenticeship schemes and to hear about their experiences.

For those who are unable to attend there is no need to worry as the deadline to apply for the building services apprenticeships is February 28.

Swansea Council is committed to providing high quality training and during the last 12 months it has recruited 26 apprentices and has 79 apprentices in active posts.

Many work within corporate building which develops a new generation of carpenters, plumbers, electricians, plasterers and multi-trade personnel, but there are also apprentices in other services such as health, social care and the park's department.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: "Our award winning apprenticeship scheme within the corporate building services team has been hugely successful and the new recruits go on to replace almost half of the trades people retiring from the department.

"There is always a lot of interest when these posts become available and last year more than 300 people expressed an interest but I would  urge potential apprentices to apply for these new roles.

"We have a reputation for first-class training and producing high-quality trade and craftspeople - both men and women -  and the apprenticeship programme has benefited hundreds of local young people since its inception."

Swansea Council also has more than 200 employees enrolled onto work based learning apprenticeships where employees learn job specific skills and gain formal qualifications.

During the next two years one teacher from every school in the city will be offered a digital apprenticeship to improve their IT skills and help prepare for the new Curriculum for Wales.

Cllr Jen Raynor, the council's cabinet member for education improvement, learning and skills, said: "In Swansea we know the value of education and training and how it enables people to reach their full potential.

"Hiring apprentices is an investment in the future of the council and the city and I am proud of our track record.

"We are in the process of investing almost £150m in new or improved school buildings and with each contract awarded we make certain that the contractors make apprenticeships available. 

"These positions, both within the council and the company's we use, give successful applicants invaluable experience in the workplace, enable them to learn important trades and work on the exciting projects that are regenerating Swansea."

The closing date for applications for the corporate building services apprenticeships is February 28 and the successful applicants will be appointed in the summer after an aptitude test, skills test, phone Interview and face-to-face interview.

Other apprenticeships, including health and social care vacancies, are advertised on the council's website throughout the year.

More information visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/jobs

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