Meet Fife’s apprentices as new opportunities open

The new recruits with other apprentices with Provost Jim Leishman
The new recruits with other apprentices with Provost Jim Leishman

Fife Council has held an induction event for Modern Apprentices in its Business Support Service .

The event comes as it prepares to advertise another 50 youth employment opportunities in a wide range of roles throughout the Council.

Provost Jim Leishman welcomed the Business Support apprentices gathered at the Rothes Halls on Monday.

The induction event gave the youngsters the chance to meet a group of mentors – Council officers who will support them through their apprenticeships.

The new recruits were joined by some apprentices who have been in post for a while.

One of the apprentices, Liam, said: “It has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and knowledge further within a working environment.

The Council is the Kingdom’s largest employer and it’s important we play our part and bring the youth of Fife into our workforce

Councillor Lesley Laird

‘‘It also gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn and stands you in good stead for the future.”

Councillor Tony Martin, chairman of opportunities Fife and Fife Council youth ambassador, said: “The council’s Workforce Youth Investment (WYI) Programme commits £1million a year towards supporting youth employment in Fife Council.

“It has already funded over 80 new employment opportunities and is now creating 50 new Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) and Traineeships which will offer a wide variety of skills development.”

The new posts will offer youngsters a chance to forge a sustainable career in a wide variety of areas. These include MAs in customer service, creative and digital media, housing, youth work, hospitality, social services and healthcare and IT and telecoms. In addition, there will be traineeships in IT, HR, quantity surveying, structural engineering, planning and civil engineering.

Councillor Lesley Laird, depute leader, said: “We’re committed to investing in Fife’s workforce of the future.

“That means providing young people from all backgrounds, including looked after children, with a range of vocational opportunities in the community and local businesses.

“We’re also working with schools and colleges to highlight the range of training options available and ensure the right qualifications are available to help students enter growth industries.

“The Workforce Youth Investment Programme is just part of this commitment. The Council is the Kingdom’s largest employer and it’s important we play our part and bring the youth of Fife into our workforce.

“Apprentices and trainees already working in the council as a result of the Workforce Youth Investment Programme are making the most of the opportunities they have been given .”