Big boost for apprentices in West Lancashire

Adrian has warmly welcomed news that a council partnership has already helped to secure 61 apprenticeships in the past 10 months, with many more in the pipeline.

Apprentice hairdressers; business administrators; manufacturing operatives; customer service staff; plumbers and warehouse operatives are just some of the wide range of opportunities secured through the West Lancashire Challenge Project a partnership of the Borough council, West Lancashire College and West Lancashire CVS.

Adrian, who is the councillor who has overseen the Project said,“The council is clear that promoting apprenticeships is key to helping people, especially young people, into sustainable employment in these tough times. We’ve worked hard with our partners to promote the advantages an apprentice can bring to a business and I’m delighted at the success the project is having.”

“There are many more apprenticeship opportunities in the pipeline with private sector employers and also an exciting new supported apprenticeship scheme that will train up to 12 apprentices in some of West Lancashire’s thriving social enterprises and charities.”

Adrian added that the council too had recruited apprentices and was using its influence on suppliers to ensure they too gave young people a step onto the employment ladder.

“As a council we’ve put our money where our mouth is and employed apprentices ourselves – we currently have two working for us. Indeed one of our former apprentices, a young woman, has already secured a job elsewhere as a result. We have also encouraged out new housing repairs contractors to provide new employment opportunities. This is something we will be seeking to expand when contractors are appointed for the £8 million of housing improvements agreed in the Conservative council budget a few weeks ago.”

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