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Ryedale District Council Gets New Apprentices

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9:14am 2nd September 2013
(Updated 12:30pm 2nd September 2013)

Eight young people had their first taste of working for Ryedale District Council today (Mon Sept 2) as part of a new scheme to boost apprenticeships in the area.

The aim of the council's scheme is to provide an opportunity for young people to get on the job ladder. The move follows a decision by the council to use up to £100,000 which has been provided from a Government New Homes Bonus Scheme.

A separate provision of £150,000 is also being made available to contribute to the cost of employers and training providers in Ryedale taking on new apprentices and training them, says Ryedale District Council.

That scheme was discussed by the Policy and Resources Committee last Thursday (Aug 29) and a recommendation is due to go to the full council this Thursday (Sept 5) to award grants to employers and training providers.

"We have had a very strong and positive response to the proposals in terms of applications from employers in the area," said Julian Rudd, Head of Economy and Infrastructure.

The council says the apprenticeship schemes are aimed at those who recently left college or school or have been unemployed.

Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of the council, said: "We are extremely pleased to be taking  these steps to help young people in our area.

"Not only will this give them a positive opportunity to kick-start their careers but we also hope it will persuade them to stay in this area rather than move away.

"It is essential for the future well-being of Ryedale that we are able to retain as many young people as possible and support initiatives to encourage them to stay."

Those who started at Ryedale District Council today include Neil Eddon, who went to Lady Lumley's School and lives at Stape, Pickering.

Neil, who plays cricket for Ebberston 1sts and Scarborough & District  will train as a mechanic during the next two years at the council's Showfield Lane Depot. Neil, who scored his first century this season with 113 not out and likes to help oput on the family farm, said: "Hopefully this will kick-start my career."

Kimberley Annis of Norton who was at Norton College and then York College will be learning about catering in the council's canteen.

She said: "I am really looking forward to the experience as I would love to start learning new things."

The other six will be involved in either Business Administration or Customer Services. They are:

Kirsty Kemp of Welburn, Malton, who went to Malton School.
She said: "I have just left school and was looking for work so I am looking forward to getting started."

Abigail Neal, Carrie Peak and Eleanor Wilmore live in Pickering and attended Lady Lumley's School.

Abigail said: "I am really looking forward to learning about the different things that go on in a council."

Carrie, who has had a Saturday job as a sales assistant, said: "I am really looking forward to starting work as it exciting to be here."

Eleanor said: "I am very pleased to have been chosen for this work."

William Strickson of Pickering, who also went to Lady Lumley's and then Yorkshire Coast College, said: "I am looking forward to going round the different departments and see how a council works."

Cameron Swift of Norton who was at Norton Sixth Form College, said: "It is a challenge which I am looking forward to."

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