Young people are to be given the chance to take up apprenticeships with Norwich City Council, after City Hall leaders agreed to create new opportunities.

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Council leaders agreed tonight to set the ball rolling on the creation of the apprenticeships, which could be offered in various council departments.

The apprentices would earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain skills and nationally recognised qualifications.

While councillors said they could not, at this stage, say how many apprenticeships could be created, officers have identified that some vacant posts at the authority could be turned into apprenticeship posts.

Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council, said: “This is another shining example of this organisation showing civic leadership. I think this is a really positive move which will benefit the apprentices, but also the organisation as a whole.”

The council’s controlling Labour cabinet heard how just 3.2pc of the authority’s workers are aged 25 or under, yet a quarter of Norwich’s working age population is aged from 16 to 24.

A report by officers, which came before the councillors, stated: “As a consequence the organisation’s ability to recruit employees who can be developed to meet the council’s current and future talent needs is more limited.”

The apprentices will be paid the “appropriate rate for the job”, which council leader Ms Arthur said would be higher than the government’s national minimum wage for apprentices, which is currently £2.60 an hour.

The council could get funding from the National Apprenticeship Service to wholly or partially cover the apprenticeship training costs.

Earlier this year, Norfolk County Council launched its own Apprenticeship’s Norfolk campaign, which aims to create up to 400 apprenticeship jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds over the next two years.

As well as urging businesses to take on young people, the county council has taken on a number of apprentices itself.

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7 comments

  • It shouldn't take too long to be bungling buffoon, should it?

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    Old Long Balls

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Ah,yet another wheeze to squander taxpayers money! If they didn't have the luxury of funds from government and council taxpayers ,and had to run the council as a business,they wouldn't be so keen on these hairbrained schemes. In the private sector there are few businesses that can afford to take on apprentices thanks to astronomical business rates and council tax!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I know people 60 years ago who were apprentices and they were earning MORE than £2.60 an hour, so things must be getting very bad indeed !

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    Stop Press

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • They should try using young offenders, it would probably be less corrupt.

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    clive hill

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Arthur should have added that they will only be open to council workers and councillors kids.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Agree with Paul H, the whole Greyhound saga has to be finalised. As for apprentices, what qualifications would they have after 3 years of being apprentices and what will be their future job prospects outside a council environment? This wheeze sounds as they are making up some numbers, just as NCC does and guarantee a taxpayers subsidy to the employer. And what if there are too many youngsters applying? will they be tested as to who fits best for this important career?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Start by owning up to Greyhound Opening evictions before crowing about Civic leadership in your "organization"please The old ladies would like a answer

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    PaulH

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

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