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Apprentice wannabes put through their paces

Hundreds of wannabe plumbers, electricians, carpenters, plasterers and bricklayers are being put through their paces this week.

Apprentice carpenter

Applicants for apprenticeship positions in Swansea Council's corporate building and property services team have been invited to sit aptitude tests before shortlisting takes place.

The aptitude tests, taking place at Gower College Swansea in Jubilee Court, include sections on literacy, numeracy and the particular trade each candidate has applied for.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed before the successful 12 candidates are appointed towards the end of July, ready for a September start.

Nearly 450 application forms followed the publication of the council's advert for the positions in early March.

Martin Nicholls, Director of Place at Swansea Council, said: "The interest in our well-established, four-year apprenticeship programme shows how sought after these positions are in Swansea.

"Not only does the scheme lead to the apprentices gaining qualifications in key trades like carpentry, plastering, bricklaying, plumbing and electrics, but it also includes on-the-job training that gives invaluable experience and the opportunity to earn while you learn.

"The successful applicants will be working on schemes including the construction of new council homes, the upkeep and improvement of our housing stock and other buildings, and the forthcoming regeneration of the city centre. 

"This is an exciting time to be joining the team. The council has also now signed an agreement with Gower College Swansea to develop a partnership in education and training that will help with the delivery of our overall apprenticeship strategy by meeting the skills and training needs of our staff."

The apprenticeship scheme in the corporate building and property services team has now benefitted more than 150 young people since being introduced.

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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