Lewisham Council creates 40 apprentice places

Lewisham Council writes:

The Lewisham Apprenticeship Scheme is advertising up to 40 new vacancies online, providing young people in the borough with more opportunities to earn as they learn.
The new apprenticeship roles cover areas such as finance, human resources administration, caretaking, youth work, theatre management, community development, and carpentry.
The apprenticeships, which will start from September 2011, are a mixture of on and off the job training. On the job, apprentices will gain key transferable skills including working in a team, communication and using new technology. Off the job, they will spend time working towards a Level 2 or 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ).
Apprentices will receive an annual salary of £14,350 and £500 bonus on successful completion (subject to performance and attendance), 26 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays.

The apprentices will be supported by an experienced manager and a tutor at Lewisham College. Once the apprentices have completed their traineeship, they’ll be in a strong position to move into a permanent job.
To apply, candidates need to be a Lewisham resident, aged between 16 and 24, have GCSE level A to C or NVQ level 1 in English and Maths or equivalent, and be eligible to work in the UK.
The closing date for applications is Friday 10 June and prospective candidates can find out more about the apprenticeship scheme and apply on the Lewisham Council website at www.lewisham.gov.uk/apprenticeships or through the Lewisham Homes website at www.lewishamhomes.org.uk

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apprenticeships are a great idea, with the Council training how they want them to work in the various areas.And £14,000 ain't bad for a 16 year old.

Anonymous said...

Neither is 26 days annual leave - try getting that in the private sector

Anonymous said...

At that salary they could probably attract recent Goldsmiths humanities graduates.

Anonymous said...

God forbid Goldsmiths students working for the Council

Monkeyboy said...

I used to get 25 days, not typical but by no means unusual. There are all sorts of benefits and considerations when looking for a job. Thats how you attract applicants, I dare say there are apprenticeships in the private sector that pay more.

Anonymous said...

'Apprenticeship' is a bit of a lie. Really these are fixed term contracts with training. Some of advertised posts do seem rather spurious, 'Apprendice Caretaker' for instance.

It will be interesting to see how many of the 40 actually end up working for the council. Spin, spin, spin.

Anonymous said...

It's great to see the council hiring adolescents for jobs formerly filled by skilled workers at half the pay rate. Here's to blue sky thinking!

Anonymous said...

A quarter of the work for half the pay rate. Do the math.

?? said...

So the concensus is that either the package is too generous or it's exploitation? Lordy! In the current climate any employer offering paid work with a chance of some kind of qualification has to be applauded. Youth unemployment is a big issue, esspecially now that older workers are being encouraged (compelled?) to work for longer.

!! said said...

Who said it was exploitation?

Pedant with a cause said...

"...have GCSE level A to C or NVQ level 1 in English and Maths or equivalent..." That's odd, because GCSE A-C is equivalent to NVQ 2.

Anonymous said...

NVQ? Not Very Qualified?

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