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Modern apprenticeship programme offers 90 spaces for school-leavers across Scotland

Ninety young people from some of Scotland’s most deprived communities are being given the chance to kick-start their careers through new apprenticeships.

The two-year apprenticeships give young people the chance to take the first steps in a rewarding career in housing and business support, as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

The successful candidates do not need any formal qualifications and will work across organisations including GHA, Scotland’s largest social landlord, with 40,000 affordable homes in Glasgow. 

All the while they will study for an SVQ qualification.

Both sets of apprentices will get a generous benefits package and help to find a full-time job when the programmes finish.

The Wheatley Group is looking for 30 new Modern Apprentices from its communities while City Building is taking on 60 trades apprentices.

City Building’s apprentices, which will include joiners, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, painters and decorators, heating and lift engineers, will get a four-year programme and work towards an SVQ level 3 craft qualification.

Wheatley and City Building launched the double recruitment drive ahead of plans to form a Joint Venture next month.

Both schemes are part-funded by the Wheatley Foundation, a charitable trust set up to help people in Wheatley’s communities have better lives, and by Glasgow Guarantee, Glasgow City Council’s wage incentive scheme.

Shannon McGreechin, 19, from Shettleston in Glasgow, started her apprenticeship at a GHA’s housing office in August 2015 before moving to YourPlace, where she landed a full-time job as a Factoring Agent.

She said: “My family encouraged me to look at the apprenticeship scheme. I really enjoy dealing with customers and helping to make a difference.

“An apprenticeship is a great opportunity. It’s a great chance to gain qualifications and get experience of different parts of the company.

“It has also helped me find what I’m best at and decide what sort of job I want to do. It’s really helped me get started on my career.”

Bruce Taylor, 22, from Darnley in Glasgow, started his joinery and carpentry apprenticeship at City Building in 2012.

He’s now a timeout tradesperson currently working in the refurbishment of GHA’s Winget properties in the east end of the city.

He said: “I have enjoyed my time out as a tradesperson I enjoy the challenge and pressures of working independently and making my own decisions as well as working alongside another tradesperson as part of a team.”

Since Wheatley’s Modern Apprenticeship programme started in 2009, the Group has taken on 282 apprentices.

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