26 June 2015

Young people are given the chance to secure permanent jobs at Sheffield City Council as it starts its drive to recruit future leaders through apprenticeships, and give young people a head start in their chosen career.

An apprentice open day is being held by the council at Moorfoot Learning Centre on Wednesday 1 July.

As a lead authority in this area, the council is committed to increasing the number of apprenticeships in Sheffield and across the city region. It developed the Sheffield 100 programme back in 2011 which has created an extra 100 apprenticeships every year since 2011. It is also leading Sheffield City Region’s Growth Deal to provide 4,000 new apprenticeships, which has already created more than 2,000 positions.

Now the council is recruiting its next cohort of apprenticeships in-house and has plans to recruit a further 27 apprentices this year. Positions will be available in a range of services, including council housing, legal and customer services. Up to 16 positions will be advertised in the council’s housing and neighbourhood service in mid-July.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “It’s brilliant to see so many young people come through our apprenticeship schemes – with more to come this year.

“I am really proud of the fact we offer more apprenticeships to young people in Sheffield than other Core Cities and I know that we can continue to build on this in the future.”

Apprentices working at Sheffield City Council often go on to secure permanent posts, something housing apprentice Aamir Khan, 21, from Hillsborough, is hoping for.

Mr Khan said: “My previous work was in property and construction, an industry I really enjoy, which led me to apply for this apprenticeship.”

“I also felt it was a fantastic opportunity and could see myself developing successfully through the scheme.

“In the future I hope to take in all the skills, qualifications and experience I have gained and hopefully apply for a full time role with the council.”

People will be able to find out more about the council’s apprenticeship scheme at the open day which is being held at Moorfoot Learning Centre on Wednesday 1 July, from 11am-1pm and 2-4pm.

Those not ready for an apprenticeship are also invited so they can find out about traineeships. These provide an alternative route to becoming an apprentice, which involve gaining work experience with the would-be employer, before both parties decide whether they want to continue under an apprenticeship. Some of this year’s positions will be filled this way.

Council apprentices enjoy the same benefits as all other council employees, including flexible working, training and development opportunities, and good working conditions.

To book a place at the apprentice open day please contact SCCapprenticeships@sheffield.gov.uk

People can apply online for jobs at Sheffield City Council at www.sheffield.gov.uk.