TWENTY-TWO apprenticeships are being created at Kirklees Council in a bid to support the local economy.
The council’s award-winning apprenticeship scheme has been running for more than 25 years.
Now the opportunities for 2012 include work and training in neighbourhood improvement, gardening, construction, catering and school administration.
The council believes getting people into work by creating more apprenticeships is key to supporting the economy as well as developing skilled staff for its own workforce.
This year there are four posts on offer in catering. The council provides 30,000 school lunches every day and apprentices will be able to learn a range of skills from cooking and nutrition to menu planning and customer service.
Julie Turner, a catering apprentice based at Battyeford Primary School in Mirfield, has not looked back since joining the scheme.
She said: “This apprenticeship has helped me start a new career from scratch.
“I feel I’ve come a long way in the short time I’ve been doing it and I now know I want to spend the rest of my working years in catering of one form or another.
“It’s a great way to get into the industry for people of any age, whether new to working life, or starting again like me.
“It’s an opportunity to learn the job with support, there’s always someone there to ask for help and by attending college at the same time I get the chance to learn the theory side of catering and obtain a qualification.”
Ten apprenticeships are also being created in the Streetscene and housing service, across a range of roles which maintain and improve neighbourhoods.
There are a further seven opportunities in construction trades through Building Services’s award winning scheme and a brand new school administration apprenticeship based at Westmoor Junior School in Dewsbury.
The council’s apprenticeships are widely recognised with some trainees winning national awards.
These include the National Apprentice of the Year from the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and Direct Works Forum Annual Apprenticeship Award.
Those interested in applying for an apprenticeship can do so from April 16 to May 1.
More information is available from www.kirklees.gov.uk/apprenticeships