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Jobs boost for East Ayrshire - 172 new posts to be created with investment in apprenticeships and graduate internships

Councillors and Trade Unions from East Ayrshire saw a presentation at the Central Joint Consultative Committee on progress with the Jobs and Training Fund. They heard how there will be more opportunities than ever for young people to learn skills, gain worthwhile qualifications, and earn as they do so, with funding dedicated to boosting career prospects.

On Wednesday 14 June 2022, Cabinet approved the use of £4.3m to finance 172 training placements in services across the Council. The placements will be offered at a range of levels, including Trade Apprenticeships, Modern Apprenticeships and Graduate Intern programmes, in subjects as diverse as Plumbing, Joinery, Environmental Health, Youth Work, Mechanical Engineering, Health and Social Care and Business Administration.

Andrew Wilson, Joint Chair of the Committee and Trade Union Representative, stated: “For many years, I have been an advocate for increasing opportunities for young people, so the Joint Trade Unions are delighted to see investment by the Council in the workforce and local economy.”

Councillor Jim McMahon, also Joint Chair of the Committee, said: “This funding will help us infuse the Council and local business with new young blood. We know from experience that bringing in young people benefits not just them, but their mentors and colleagues who can share their optimism, willingness to learn, and help them hone their skills and professionalism for the future benefit of everyone in the area.

"As we recover from the pandemic, and with the current labour shortages, it makes sense to bolster our workforce in a way that will help build community wealth and equip our young people for success for many years to come.”

The first Modern Apprenticeships to be offered under the new scheme are now open for applications:

Any unsuccessful applicant will also be considered for other posts within the Council. Graduate Internships will be recruited during the summer.

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