Apprenticeship scheme launched 

Apprentices receive practical on the job training while also studying for qualifications. Matthew Morton is being trained as an electrician and Shannon Leeson as a plumber while working at Bolton Market.

Bolton Council has launched a new apprenticeship scheme as part of National Apprenticeship Week (3 to 7 March).
The council has opened recruitment to its Apprenticeship Scheme, which will see the council recruiting 25 apprentices between March and June.

Apprenticeships will be available in accountancy, administration, HR, digital media, social care, vehicle maintenance, sport, civil engineering, catering, horticulture, IT, customer services, and licensing and enforcement.
The first tranche of apprenticeships for recruitment will be open for application from Monday, March 3 on

A number of the Team Bolton partners are also advertising apprenticeships within Bolton, working with Agilysis, the council’s IT supplier. There are nine positions for advanced and higher IT support and digital media apprenticeships, which are now open for applications on the Agilysis Arch website at
Team Bolton is the partnership working to get people into work. It is made up of the council, Job Centre Plus, Work Programme providers, Bolton at Home and the Probation Service and works with schools and sixth forms, Bolton College, the Bolton Work-based Learning Provider Network, and the University of Bolton.
The council and its partners will also be running an apprenticeship awareness roadshow which will visit schools in Bolton throughout National Apprenticeship Week.

The roadshow will involve a DVD featuring local apprentices, talks by an apprentice ambassador, and a representative of the training provider network, which provides the training element of apprenticeships, giving information, advice and guidance on apprenticeship options. This will culminate in a full day apprenticeship show on Friday, March 7 at the Reebok Stadium.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We are committed to investing in our young people and providing them with training and jobs, so we are delighted to be able to bring forward the first phase of the council’s apprenticeship scheme, as well as working with our partners to offer other apprenticeship posts across the borough.

“We hope that these posts will offer a route into a variety of different careers for young people, as well as providing them with training in order to progress further in these careers.
“The roadshow will also offer an opportunity for those still at school to find out about apprenticeships and the variety of careers on offer, so that hopefully they can be the apprentices of the future.”

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