Council seeks Modern Apprentices: Will you be hired?

The City of Edinburgh Council is advertising 11 new Modern Apprenticeship posts this week, as part of the Edinburgh Guarantee initiative.

The two-year, fixed-term apprenticeships range across the Council’s ICT solutions, Contact Centre, Business Administration and Hospitality Services teams.

The opportunities were first unveiled at an event to mark Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week in St Andrew Square, on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Council officers attended the event to talk to young people and their parents about the roles on offer at the Council, as well as opportunities open to them through partner employers and training providers.

The Edinburgh Guarantee is the Council-led initiative, which aims to help every school leaver in Edinburgh secure a positive destination – be that work, training or education.

The Council made a commitment in 2011 to recruit 100 additional apprentices in its own operations by December 2013, and has now already exceeded that target, with over 110 apprentices in situ across areas as diverse as mechanics, libraries and social care.

These new Modern Apprenticeships offer new entrants to the labour market the chance of paid employment, combined with the opportunity to do training relevant to the occupational area which will lead to nationally recognised qualifications. New entrants can include school and college leavers, those with no previous work experience and/or vocational qualifications.

The Council’s Economy Convener Cllr Frank Ross said: “This is strong evidence that we are leading from the front on the vision of the Edinburgh Guarantee that every school leaver in Edinburgh will leave school with the choice of a job, training or further education opportunity available to them.

"The apprentices that we have already taken on have had a really positive impact within the Council, and I look forward to welcoming more young people into Council roles.”

The role on offer are:

  • Modern Apprenticeship in Customer Service, Contact Centre roles (6 posts). Closing date Monday 27th May
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services (1 post). Closing date Monday 27th May
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Customer Service, ICT solutions roles (3 posts). Closing date Tuesday 4th June
  • Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration, Internal Audit and Risk (1 post). Closing date Wednesday 5th June.

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