New apprenticeship scheme launched for youngsters in South Ribble

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Hard-working youngsters will get the chance to learn while they earn, with a new apprenticeship scheme launched by South Ribble Council.

The £55,000-a-year rolling scheme will see four new apprentices taken on every two years and given on-the-job training in all areas of council work, including roles in HR, business development, IT, neighbourhood services, and leisure.

The council will work with Preston’s College and Runshaw College in Leyland on the programme, which will begin in September.

Council Leader Coun Margaret Smith said she was excited at the prospect of breathing new life into the council.

She said: “We’re dedicated to investing in our young people and will make sure that it is local youngsters who get the chance to take up these opportunities, because as far as I am concerned, one unemployed young person in the borough is one too many.

“We’re starting small by offering apprenticeships for four young people and we’ll take it from there.

“We’ve really wanted to do this for some time and financially it feels like the right time to cope with making this commitment for a number of years.”