A GROUP of Dundonian apprentices have taken their first step in their future careers with help from Dundee City Council.
The local authority’s neighbourhood services team has taken on the apprentices as part of a long-running scheme to offer opportunities for young people in the city.
Rhys Banham, Theo Middleton, Ross McCleary, Ross Ballantyne, Adam McKenzie, Connor Lindsay, Josh Muir, Ross Muir and Conor Hawes are all beginning their apprenticeships.
They will train in fields including plumbing, gas engineering and gardening.
Through acquiring their new roles with the council they will develop skills in their new ventures.
It comes as the Tele continues its jobs-led campaign, Let’s Get Dundee Working.
Rhys, from Lochee said he had successfully applied to take part in the apprenticeship scheme and is looking forward to getting started with the council.
The 20-year-old said: “It’s a good place to start out — I’m quite happy I got the apprenticeship.
“I was at college for two years where I did a year of renewables then a year on construction.
“Then I applied for this apprenticeship three months after I left.
“I’m looking forward to this — it should be good.”
Josh, 17, from Ardler, said: “This is a really exciting experience and it’s great to be a part of it.
“I just left school and a plumbing apprenticeship is something I have been wanting to do for a while now.”
Ross Muir, 17, from Lochee, said: “I applied for the apprenticeship and I’m pretty happy I got it.
“I was at college doing plumbing and was meant to get an apprenticeship from that but it didn’t turn out that way. I saw this and thought I would go for it.
“I’m looking forward to getting into this and getting started with the work.”
Councillor John Alexander, neighbourhood services convener, said: “We have an ongoing commitment to provide young people across Dundee with employment opportunities.
“We do this by enabling them to learn the skills they need to carry out quality work for the city council and local housing associations.
“This intake of apprentices is yet another example of that and just as we have increased the number of apprentices overall this year, we will continue to raise the bar and challenge ourselves to increase opportunities in the future.
“As the council’s children and young persons’ champion, I am committed to ensuring that young people are at the heart of driving the city forward.”
In addition to this apprenticeship programme, the council has also rolled out an enhanced modern apprentice scheme, which covers all departments and a wide variety of occupational areas.