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Apprentices Taken on to Give North Yorkshire's Libraries "Youth Appeal"

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1:14pm 28th February 2013

North Yorkshire County Council’s library service has set a challenge to a group of young people it has taken on as apprentices this month.  

During their year-long apprenticeship one of their tasks will be to develop projects to give the libraries more youth appeal.

Twenty apprentices will join libraries around the county.  As well as developing their own skills in face-to-face customer service they will help to make the libraries more accessible and attractive to young people.

They are now being asked to come up with a creative project or new initiative which will help to sell library services to young people and bring them into the libraries.

Apprentices will have to pitch their ideas to a “Dragon’s Den” panel of librarians and the winning projects will receive £1,000 for their development.

These projects will form part of a structured programme for apprentices to achieve the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

County Councillor Carl Les, executive member for central services, said: "These apprenticeships form an imaginative and practical way in which the county council can help to give young people those skills and confidence which are so important in improving their long-term employability prospects.

“At the same time the scheme is of enormous benefit to the library service.  By bringing in a younger workforce, libraries have the chance to develop ideas and projects designed by young people for young people.”

Last year, in a bid to tackle rising youth unemployment and the increase in 18-24-year-olds claiming jobseekers’ allowance, the county council allocated £400,000 to fund 53 apprenticeships and related employment support through the authority’s Adult Learning and Skills Service.

The Adult Learning and Skills Service provides apprenticeship opportunities both internally within NYCC for areas including libraries, health and social care, supporting teaching and learning, childcare, business administration, hospitality and catering and IT as well as working externally with local North Yorkshire businesses to help place apprentices within their companies.

For further information about NYCC’s apprenticeship scheme please log on to www.realstart.co.uk

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