Seven new Modern Apprentices recruited in East Dunbartonshire

Modern apprentices
Modern apprentices

Seven new Modern Apprentices have joined the council to take up training and employment opportunities in construction crafts and the Early Years’ Service.

This is the second phase of the council’s current Modern Apprenticeships programme which was launched last year when 12 modern apprentices were recruited across a range of council services. The apprenticeships were open to local young people aged 16-24 years.

This latest phase of Modern Apprenticeships comprises of four places in construction crafts (electrician, joiner, plasterer and plumber) on a four year programme.

Three posts in the Early Years’ Service, one in each of the council’s Early Years’ establishments (Hillhead, Cleddens and Castlehill) on a two year programme.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie was delighted to welcome the new recruits on their first day. She said: “This programme has proved very popular and we are delighted to have selected seven of the best to become part of the council team. It is great to bring young people into the organisation and it is definitely a two way street as we benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of these bright young minds.”

Julie, a former Lenzie Academy pupil will be working with children in Castlehill Nursery in Bearsden as she embarks on her Early Years career. She has always wanted to work with children and is thrilled to have been successful in securing a Modern Apprenticeship.

She said: “I have nursery teachers and primary teachers in my immediate family and I’m so excited to be going into the same field. It’s a great privilege to be involved in the education of babies and children and to be one of the first people in their young lives to influence their learning and watch their development. I can’t wait to get started.”

If local employers are interested in finding out more about how they can start a Modern Apprenticeship Programme or other employability scheme we are able to help. They can call our Employability and People Development Team on 0141 777 3144 for information, professional advice and support.

Councillor Geekie added: “It is important that we invest in our local young talent as much as we possibly can and I’m pleased that we are able to offer them these opportunities.”