24 October 2011>
The first intake of trainees and apprentices have started work at Caerphilly county borough council as part of an exciting new training scheme.
In this year's budget, the council put aside almost half a million pounds to invest in providing training and development opportunities for young people in the area.
Cllr Allan Pritchard, Leader of the Council met the first group of apprentices at Penallta House council offices last week and welcomed them to the authority.
Cllr Pritchard said, "We are delighted that the first group of young people are now on board with us. They will get the chance to gain valuable experience thanks to this excellent scheme as we want them to have the best chance of gaining real employment for the future."
So far over 30 trainees have started working for the council is a variety of departments including office-based settings, countryside wardens and the building control team.
Cllr Ron Davies, Cabinet Member for Regeneration said, "This is an excellent initiative and we are working with local job centres to ensure there is a fair process in place for anyone who wants to apply and get their foot on the first rung of the job market."
Cllr James Fussell, Cabinet Member for Human Resources added, "This is very much a local initiative by the council and we will of course want to make sure local people are given preference in this scheme."
The authority is planning to put in place one hundred and fifty placements for people aged between 16 –25 yrs which will range from short term placements and training placements to full blown apprenticeship schemes.
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