Modern Apprentices enjoy training day

Modern Apprentices with Inverclyde Council got together for an annual training event at the Beacon.

The day is held every year to bring the apprentices, who work in many different departments of the council, together.

They had talks from the Drug and Alcohol partnership, Scottish Action for Mental Health (SAMH) and Nil By Mouth and also took part in interview and job application workshops.

Convener of Environment and Regeneration, Councillor Michael McCormick said: “Modern Apprentices are an important part of our workforce at Inverclyde Council.

“Days like this are important to bring the apprentices together and give them that experience of a training day.

“We are proud to support our apprentices in developing their career, learning new skills and studying for a qualification.”

Inverclyde Council currently has 76 apprentices working in all aspects of the authority from early years staff to horticulture, joiners, electricians, technicians, customer service and business and administration.

Modern Apprentices at the Beacon
Aimee Greene and Steven Nicolson were two of the Modern Apprentices taking part in the event at the Beacon

Aimee Greene, 20, is a childcare apprentice working at Glenpark Early Learning Centre. She said: “It’s great to work with the children and get on the job experience.

“Being in the nursery, you get first hand experience and you’re learning all the time.

“Having a qualification and doing the apprenticeship is a gateway to doing other things.”

Steven Nicolson, 22, is a second year apprentice in horticulture and landscaping. He said: “I’m at college one day a week. I started as a seasonal worker with the council then got the apprenticeship.

“It’s been good, I’ve learned a lot.”

The council's apprenticeships last for a minimum of 18 months but can be up to 4 years, depending on the course. While apprenticeships can often be aimed at 16 to 24 year olds, there are also opportunities for older age groups. The council also supports its modern apprentices with extra training in things like driving lessons and food hygiene which can boost the apprentices career prospects.

The council works with a number of colleges and external partners on its Modern Apprenticeship programme.

For more information about the council’s Modern Apprenticeships, click on the link in the right hand column.

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