YOU’RE hired! That’s the message for 13 people recruited as apprentices by Wigan Council.
The young people aged between 18 and 24, will work in clerical and office roles in departments, with their on-the-job training helping them work towards a vocational qualification in business administration.
The council’s first apprenticeship scheme since 2009 attracted a large amount of interest among the borough’s young jobseekers, with 150 applications being received and 60 candidates being interviewed for the roles.
Among the fortunate few who made it through the interview process were mum-of-three Natasha Marriott, from Beech Hill, and Nathan Gaskell from Winstanley, who had been looking for work since his apprenticeship ended in July. Natasha, 24, said: “I wanted to get a job to give a good example to my kids, to show them how important it is to have a strong work ethic. I want to show them that you don’t get stuff for free, you have to work for it.
“This is my first apprenticeship and I’m really chuffed I’ve got it. I’d love to get a permanent job with the council.
“It’s a really good employer. It’s family friendly and flexible, which will be great for me juggling my kids.”
Nathan, 18, said: “I was applying for three jobs a day and getting nothing. I know quite a few people who have struggled to find work, so when I got this I was made up.
“I’m really pleased to be in the council. I know there are lots of opportunities internally and really hope over the year I can get a permanent job. My aim is to be a boss in an office so I’d like to work my way up from the bottom.”
Wigan Council leader, Lord Peter Smith, said: “I’m delighted these 13 young people are joining Wigan Council and wish them every success.
“Given the state of the jobs market, and the difficulties many young people face finding work, Wigan Council is setting an example and investing in our youth. Apprenticeships are hugely beneficial. They add value to the local economy and help young people get vital skills and experience.
“I know our new recruits will benefit from working here and we will be benefit from employing them.
“We are working with other firms and organisations to roll out more apprenticeships across the borough.”