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Hundreds apply for council apprenticeship positions

Hundreds of people have applied for apprenticeship positions in plumbing, electrics, carpentry, plastering and bricklaying at Swansea Council.

Apprentice carpenter

Figures show 441 application forms have been sent to the council since the positions were first advertised on March 6.

The council is looking for 12 new apprentices in its corporate building and property services department, who will help work on projects including the installation of new bathrooms and kitchens in council houses, the construction of new council homes and the upkeep of tourist facilities on Gower.

Letters inviting shortlisted applicants for testing will be sent out by the end of the week. Successful candidates after testing will then be invited to take up their four-year positions in September.

Martin Nicholls, Director of Place at Swansea Council, said: "The number of applications we have received speaks volumes for the popularity and reputation of the apprenticeship positions in our corporate building and property services department.  

"This programme, which has benefitted over 150 young people since its inception, gives successful applicants the chance to earn money while they learn important skills in key areas like electrics, plumbing, carpentry, plastering and bricklaying.

"With schemes like the construction of new council homes and the city centre's regeneration in the pipeline, the next batch of apprentices to join will have the opportunity to work on major projects that will transform the face Swansea as we know it."

The council has also recently advertised for two apprentices in its adult social care team as part of a new Corporate Apprentice and Trainee Strategy that was launched earlier this month.

Other apprentice and trainee positions could also soon be made available in council departments including IT, waste management, highways, economic regeneration and parks.
 
Some apprenticeship and work experience placements would be specifically targeted at young people, the long-term unemployed and disadvantaged groups. Opportunities would also link into the council's corporate parenting role for young people leaving its care system.


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