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Trade apprentice scheme launches in Hackney

PUBLISHED: 12:37 07 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:25 02 August 2017

Teenagers looking to learn a trade are being urged to sign up to a council-run apprenticeship scheme.

Teenagers looking to learn a trade are being urged to sign up to a council-run apprenticeship scheme.

Hackney’s housing team wants youngsters aged 16-18 who are looking to work in the construction industry – carpentry, gas, electrical or plumbing – to sign up.

Apprentices will be paid the London living wage and receive training qualifications.

One woman, a first year apprentice electrician, said: “The apprentice scheme has really opened doors for me – I get to learn in an interesting hands-on way alongside qualified professionals.

“You get to meet people from all walks of life, learn with qualified people and use your skills directly.

“If you are not sure about what to do with you future, a trade apprentice is great.”

Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic opportunity. In particular, I would encourage young women to apply as they are currently underrepresented in the construction sector.”

The scheme has been running since 2002 with apprentices able to gain NVQ Levels 2/3 or equivalent in their chosen trade.

In that time, 83 apprentices have been employed by the scheme, with 86 of per cent of those gaining permanent jobs in the council on completion of their apprenticeship.

Young people who are interested should visit hackney.gov.uk/apprenticeships for more information.

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