Sixteen new apprentices start their training this month in the council’s housing repairs and maintenance service.
Ten of the new apprentices are starting property maintenance (with plumbing) apprenticeships while the other 6 are electrical apprenticeships.
These apprenticeships will give training and skills for local people and provide the first step to a future career in the construction industry.
The apprentices were appointed following a successful Apprenticeship Experience Event, held at the council’s Housing Centre in Moulsecoomb in July, which was attended by more than 130 people.
At the event, applicants had the opportunity to undertake a range of repairs tasks, including plumbing a waste pipe and wiring a light, to help them decide which apprenticeship to apply for.
The new apprentices are joining 8 electrical apprentices already undertaking apprenticeships in the repairs and maintenance service.
Providing training and skills for local people
Councillor Gill Williams, chair of the Housing and New Homes committee, said: “We are pleased to be welcoming 16 more apprentices to our housing repairs and maintenance team.
“These apprenticeships will provide training and skills for local people who will be making a difference in their community, carrying our repairs for local residents in their homes.”
“We would like to thank everyone who attended the Apprenticeship Experience Event and we hope to offer further apprenticeship opportunities in the team in the future.”