Hats off to Council’s young talent

Last night 17 young people from the City of Edinburgh Council celebrated the completion of the Modern Apprenticeship Programme at the City Chambers.

Modern Apprentices
Graduates celebrate their success with Cllr Gavin Barrie, Housing and Economy Convener

Among the young people attending the ceremony there were graduates in a number of areas including Business Administration, Joinery, Highway Maintenance, Procurement, Health and Social Care and Arboriculture and Horticulture.

There are currently 68 apprentices working in the Council towards the completion of the Modern Apprenticeship Programme and the Council is planning to recruit approximately 40 apprentices in the coming year. Since the Edinburgh Guarantee launched six years ago, the Council has helped 263 young people through the Programme.

Cllr Gavin Barrie, Housing and Economy Convener, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone graduating and it is great to see that we are helping so many young people make a positive step in this very important stage of their lives. As well as benefitting the young people directly, the apprentices are making a direct and valued contribution to our workplaces. Tackling youth unemployment in this way is also good news for the city’s economy.

“The Edinburgh Guarantee has been a huge success throughout the city and has now worked with over 550 employers to date to offer over 3,700 opportunities for school leavers, with 2,500 being matched into jobs.  The vision of the Edinburgh Guarantee continues to grow as companies are pledging jobs, paid work experience, training and mentoring every day and I am delighted that we are playing our part in this.”

Further information 

· The Edinburgh Guarantee is a vision that all sectors of the city will work together to ensure that every school leaver in Edinburgh will leave school with the choice of a job, training or further education opportunity available to them.

· Scotland has ambitious targets for 30,000 new Modern Apprenticeship starts each year by 2020.

· Modern Apprentices are employed across Scotland in a wide range of jobs in sectors including engineering, construction, health and social care, ICT, tourism and food and drink.

· All departments of the Council have had apprentices. These are in the following areas: Social Care (Elderly Care); Social Care (Disability); HGV Mechanics; Business Administration; Childcare; Arborist (forestry); Roadworkers; Joinery; Electrical Engineering; Gas Engineering; Plumbing; Horticultural Engineering; Amenity Horticulture; Youth Work; Creative Industries; Sports Development; Outdoor Learning; Customer Services (Revenues and Benefits); Customer Service (ICT); Cooking (Hospitality) Housing; Painting and Decorating; Plastering; and Procurement.

Naomi Forsyth – Naomi completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Business Admin. Working in the Chief Executive’s office, she handled customer services, the Chief Executives mailbox, supported meetings, greeted high profile visitors. Naomi now works at Edinburgh University as an Administrative Office Assistant. Naomi said: “Completing my apprenticeship at the Council has opened a variety of career paths for me and I now have a stable and well-established job. I would highly recommend the Council’s Apprenticeship programme for anyone considering it.”

Stacey Bridges – Over four years, Stacey completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Joinery with the Council. During her four years, she won Apprentice of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Housing National Awards. Stacey said, “My time as an apprentice with the Council helped me gain new skills and confidence. I gained new qualifications and now I am a qualified Joiner with the Council.”

Since completing her Modern Apprenticeship, Stacey has remained with the Council and now has a full time post as a joiner.



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