Lewisham Apprentice scheme opens

Lewisham Council writes:

Lewisham’s apprenticeship programme is advertising 52 new vacancies online from 31 May, providing young people in the borough with more opportunities to earn as they learn.

The new apprenticeship roles cover areas such as finance, plumbing, plastering, caretaking, IT, admin, communication and animal welfare. Employers include Lewisham Council, Lewisham Homes, MITIE Property Services, Phoenix Housing, Millwall Community Scheme as well as others.

The apprenticeships 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 and equipment. Off the job, they will spend time working towards a recognised qualification.

Mayor Bullock established the apprenticeship programme in public services across the Council and its public sector partners in 2009. To date, 152 apprentices have been taken on.

The apprenticeships last for up to two years and apprentices will be supported by an experienced manager. 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 English and Maths GCSE level A-C or equivalent ability, and be eligible to work in the UK.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 18 June 2012 and prospective candidates can find out more at www.lewisham.gov.uk/apprentices