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Apprentice class of 2017 start learning tricks of the trade

They're hired! Fifteen new apprentices have now started learning tricks of the trade at Swansea Council.

Apprentices 2017

Bricklaying, plumbing, plastering, carpentry, electrical installations and multi-trade are among the skills the class of 2017 will start to master in coming months and years.

Hayden Williams, Lewis Boyes, Callum Llewellyn, Otis Maloney, Tyrrell Maloney, Dale Gibbs, Tom Whitehouse, Corey Mayne, Cally Blake, Lewis Morgan, Nick Kostromin, Joshua Collins, Morgan Lambert, Lewis Potter and Tomos Hopkins beat off competition from hundreds of others across Swansea to land the apprenticeships.

Based in Swansea Council's corporate building and property services department, the apprentices will spend four days a week being mentored by qualified staff, with the other day being spent in training. They get an NVQ Level 3 qualification in their chosen trade as well as the chance to work on construction projects across the city.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Energy and Building Services, said: "We've been taking on apprentices in our corporate building and property services department since 2003, so the latest new recruits follow a long line of young people who have learned their trade at the council under expert tutelage.

"This award-winning programme has now benefitted 178 young people since its inception, with this year's apprentices likely to work on schemes including the construction of the first new council houses in a generation, the upkeep of tourist facilities in places like Gower and the forthcoming regeneration of the city centre.

"These sought-after apprenticeship positions give young people the chance to earn while they learn vital skills that will help keep our city ticking over on a daily basis and create a better Swansea in future.

"The enduring popularity of these apprenticeships speaks volumes for their continuing relevance and worth to our residents."

A Corporate Apprentice and Trainee Strategy at the council that will see more apprenticeship and trainee placements than ever before has also recently been launched. 

As well as in the corporate building and property services department, this will see positions opened up in teams including adult social care, IT, waste management, highways, economic regeneration and parks.

Some apprenticeship and work experience placements will 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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