Council “has a heart” for young people

Commenting on the highly successful Apprenticeship Fair at Skelmersdale Library last Thursday (pictured), Adrian, who is the councillor in charge of Regeneration said that especially during these difficult times the council was committed to having a heart for young people. Adrian also cited as evidence of the council's commitment, the recruitment of seven new apprentices/trainees by Forrest which had been enabled by the £4 million windows contract the council has placed with the construction firm.

“These are tough times in which to enter the jobs market for the first time. That’s why we as a council have made helping young people onto the employment ladder a key focus in the past 12 months”, Adrian said. More than 60 local apprenticeship opportunities were created by the initiative in the first 10 months alone.

Adrian continued,“The Apprenticeship Fair saw more than 20 apprenticeships on offer, including in unusual areas such as fishery management. The council’s new windows contractor, Forrest was also on hand to explain the seven new opportunities they will make available.”

Adrian also said that since the Apprenticeship Fair, the council had been approached by another local company keen to offer an apprenticeship opportunity.

Adrian added, “It’s important to have a heart for young people in this jobs market. My message to all employers is: we all started our career with little or no experience, but someone gave us our first break. Can you do the same for someone else? There is government funding support available and council officers can help you through the process, so please get in touch and help us boost our apprenticeship starts to over hundred.”

For further information contact john.corish@westlancs.gov.uk or contact Adrian here

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