At a time when youth unemployment is high, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is championing young people in training in Bridlington and across the county.
The council is celebrating National Apprenticeship Week, which highlights the benefits of training schemes to employers and young people, off the back of £1 billion government funding to help 18-24 year olds get into work across the country.
The council offers a variety of apprenticeship schemes from health and social care, business administration and customer service.
Claire Redfearn, 19, from Bridlington, is an apprentice at Priory View/Applegarth Day Care Services and one of 32 people benefitting from ERYC’s training schemes.
She said: “I work with service users who have a variety of physical and learning difficulties and each person is unique. It makes my day when they are happy and smiling during the activities we run.
“I am learning new things every day and gaining a qualification.
“As well as getting to know everyone and being supported by an extremely helpful team of staff here, I have attended lots of training courses on moving and handling, medication, in terms of administering and recording it correctly, and personal care.”
John Fortnum, team leader at Priory View/Applegarth Day Care Services, said: “Our apprentice has brought new ideas and a fresh perspective which in turn can help change the perceptions of her peers about the client group we support.”
Councillor Margaret Chadwick, cabinet portfolio for council support services, said: “Apprenticeships allow people to earn-while-they-learn and develop the necessary skills to forge a career in their chosen field.”
For more information about apprenticeships at ERYC, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/apprenticeships