A group of young people are celebrating their success thanks to an apprenticeship scheme and are calling for others to give it a try.
East Dunbartonshire Council have a team of 19 modern apprentices working in various departments and a new wave of recruits are being sought for the third phase of the programme.
The apprentices work within the council and study towards qualifications in areas such as Early Years, Customer Services, Joinery, Plumbing and Horticulture.
Laura Butler, a former pupil at Kirkintilloch High School, works at Hillhead Nursery while she develops her career in Early Years child care.
She said:“I love working with the children at the nursery on their activities while studying for my SVQs and feel like getting this Modern Apprenticeship opportunity has been the best move for me.
“I always wanted to do this and to get the chance to work closely with the children while studying is amazing. I’d recommend the Modern Apprenticeship route to anyone considering it.”
The scheme launched in 2013 and most of the first wave of recruits are already in full-time work, following their apprenticeship at the council.
Councillor Rhondda Geekie said these opportunities are vital to ensure success for young people, which is evident with so many of the apprentices going into employment.
She said: “Through our Modern Apprentice Programme I have met so many talented, enthusiastic, bright young people who bring so much energy to the Council.
“As the area’s biggest employer we are leading by example and during Scottish Apprenticeship Week I would encourage other local employers to consider this route.”
Robbie Pollock from Bearsden works in ICT and is now working full-time at the council following completion of his apprenticeship.
He said: “I worked six months in each of the ICT teams, which helped me develop a broad range of skills as well as lots of specialist knowledge.
“I was also invited to speak at an event organised by the Scottish Government, held in Microsoft’s Edinburgh Offices to promote IT Apprenticeships in the Public Sector.”
Recruitment for the third phase is open to people aged 16-24, living in East Dunbartonshire. Application details can be found at www.myjobscotland.gov.uk
The closing date is Sunday, May 24.