apprenticeshipAnyone who lives in Lewisham and is over 16 can apply for the new apprenticeship vacancies that are currently advertised on the Lewisham Council’s website.

Previous apprenticeship schemes were targeted towards young people aged 16–24 but that barrier has been removed. This is a great opportunity to earn as you learn.

A number of apprenticeships are available from administration and event coordination to gas engineering and housing in a variety of organisations including Lewisham Council, Phoenix Community Housing and Lewisham Homes.

Individual apprenticeships vary between one and three years with all apprentices able to work towards gaining a recognised qualification. Once people have completed their apprenticeship, they’ll be in a strong position to move into a permanent job.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: ‘Over the past seven years we know that our apprenticeship scheme has helped over 350 young people gain new skills and improved their employment prospects. We’ve now opened up the scheme so that even more of our job-seeking residents or perhaps those who are looking to change careers will be able to gain new skills, employment and a qualification that will not only benefit them personally but the Lewisham community as a whole.’

To apply candidates need to be a Lewisham resident aged 16 or over with full residency entitlement and not have achieved a qualification higher than a level 3 (such as A-levels).

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 21 March 2016.

Prospective candidates can view a list of vacancies at www.lewisham.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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