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You’re hired: Croydon Council takes on 24 apprentices

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Croydon Council has this week welcomed 24 new apprentices as part of a campaign to create more training and job opportunities for young people.

The new recruits arrived at council headquarters on Wednesday – just as the council officially launched its Choose Your Future campaign, encouraging young people to make positive life choices while creating more opportunities for them to succeed.

The council’s new apprenticeship programme has been developed through the economic growth team with Croydon Works supporting in the recruitment of local residents. Although previously the council has offered apprenticeships, this is the first time such a large group has been recruited to start at the same time.

Emily Colwill, a level three apprentice studying business administration in the council’s Croydon Works team, described the benefits of being an apprentice: “This scheme benefits young people because there are so many chances for them to develop.”

While working at the council for a minimum 12-month contract, the 24 new apprentices will have the opportunity to gain level 2-4 qualifications in one of nine subject areas, ranging from building surveying to youth work.

Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning said: “Local businesses organisations like the council can support young people by creating opportunities that will help them to get a job and succeed.”