Applications Sought for 6 New Apprentice Positions in West Norfolk
9th December 2012
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Six apprenticeship opportunities have been created within the council to help support anyone aged 16 to 24 who is looking for a career but doesn't want to go into full-time further or higher education.

The apprenticeship scheme, which is a government-backed initiative, is being launched by the council to help people in West Norfolk maximise their potential. Cllr Nick Daubney, Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance, said: "Apprenticeships enable people to earn while they learn and can, for many, be a real alternative to university.

Each apprentice will learn hands-on in the work place and this hands-on learning will be supported by more structured activities such as research and report writing, general admin and other tasks associated with the specific apprenticeship they have chosen. It gives them a great introduction into the workplace and helps to build their confidence and ensure that they are an attractive proposition to future would-be employers."

The council's scheme will initially consist of six apprenticeships, spread across the following areas:

- Accountancy based at King's Court, King's Lynn

- Horticulture based at The Walks

- 2 x Business Administrations (one in Development Services and one in Leisure)

- Exercise and fitness, based in Downham Market Leisure Centre

- Front office receptionist based at Downham Market Leisure Centre

The apprenticeships will be advertised from 4 December 2012 and the closing date for applications will be 18 December.

Shortlisting will then take place with a view to the apprentices starting in early February. Debbie Gates, Executive Director for Central Services, said: "We are looking for people with a good basic level of education and a real interest in succeeding.

We hope that the variety of apprenticeships that we have on offer will appeal to people who are looking to get their feet on the career ladder but don't necessarily want to pursue full-time further education."

For further information will be available on the council's website from 4 December 2012 and from JobCentre Plus in King's Lynn.

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