Backing apprentices of the future

Angus Council is establishing a pilot shared apprenticeship scheme with the local construction industry.
Angus Council is establishing a pilot shared apprenticeship scheme with the local construction industry.

An important new apprenticeship scheme which would bring ‘major social and economic’ benefits to Angus has been discussed by local councillors.

And as part of our drive to support strong local initiatives, Angus County Press would like to announce our full backing for the scheme should councillors decide to go ahead with it. The future of young people in our county is of great importance to all of us and we are keen to be associated with any drive that will help secure training and employment for school leavers and other unemployed youngsters in Angus.

Angus Council’s policy and resources committee discussed the potential merits of the scheme, which they were being asked to recommend, at their meeting last week.

Council officers reported that the proposed scheme has the potential for a significant social and economic impact on the communities and businesses of Angus.

Announcing the group’s backing ACP group editor Brian Stormont said: “At Angus County Press, we are delighted to back this campaign through our newspapers and websites.

“A good apprentice is a real plus to any business out there and there are many young, talented people who just need an opportunity to show what they can do.

“Having been an apprentice myself, it was a great way to begin my working life. The investment in people is the most important investment a business can make,” he added.

The council’s joint report by chief executive Richard Stiff and the directors of resources and planning and place said it was anticipated the scheme would provide meaningful training and long-term career opportunities for young people and safeguard skills in the construction industry. The report stated there are currently more than 200 young people between the ages of 16 and 19 in Angus not in education, training or employment and the number of traditional apprentices registered with Angus College has fallen.

The initial target for the project is 12 apprentices per year and it is hoped that the company would be established this financial year with the aim to set up by August. Councillors agreed to the establishment of a pilot shared scheme for the construction industry subject to a full business case being prepared and the appointment of three representatives to the company’s shadow board.