An extra 23 places for young workers

Northumberland County Council is offering an extra 23 apprenticeship places in the county as it continues its tradition of offering employment and skills opportunities to young people.

The council already employs around 134 apprentices and is committed to appointing new apprentices every year.

Not only do apprentices gain valuable workplace experience, the council also offers further education and employment to many of the young people it takes on.

Coun Scott Dickinson, business chairman at Northumberland County Council, said: “Handing down skills is an essential part of ensuring our young people are prepared for the future and can play an active part in working life across the county, especially in the current climate.

“Our current figures on getting apprentices into work with the council is really impressive and something we should be celebrating as an employer and a county.”

This year’s apprentices will work across the various service areas including highways, transport and fire and rescue. An initial 12 apprentice places were offered this month with a second cohort due to start in the New Year.

The council has offered several apprenticeship places for many years and as with this year many go on to work for the authority.