An apprenticeship scheme for local young people, introduced by Bury Labour in 2012, has recruited 26 new apprentices as part of its Backing Young Bury programme to give young people a flying start to their working lives.
They will be employed in a wide range of services including legal, accounting, workforce, registrars, leisure centres, recruitment team, art gallery, occupational health, ICT and grounds maintenance.
This is the first large cohort of apprentices taken on by the council since the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, and it supports the council's aim to comply with the Public Sector Recruitment Target.
Councillor Rishi Shori, Labour Leader of the Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome so many new apprentices to the council. It is absolutely vital that we give our young people a chance to fulfil their potential, learn new skills and be ready for the world of work, and we are proud to play our part in ensuring they get a foot on the employment ladder. I wish them the very best in their time with us and onwards in their careers.”
This year's success comes on top of a record number of places found for Care Leavers last year, including a new branch of the programme that provided pre-apprenticeship traineeships for those who need that additional preparation.
Councillor Eamonn O'Brien, who is the Chair of Bury's Corporate Parenting Board, welcomed this extra help saying: "This is a great example of how we can create opportunities through the Council for young people leaving care. This is on top of our latest policy announcement which will see Care Leavers become exempt from Council Tax from the next financial year.
For more details about apprenticeships and work experience with the council, go to http://www.bury.gov.uk/backingyoungbury%20