Tuesday, October 15, 2013

News: Council apprentices start out on the road


Five new apprentices have been taken on as roadworkers in Rotherham Council's Highways department.

All aged 17, the five young men have been awarded two year contracts with the council's in-house Highways Delivery Team where they will gain valuable experience in a wide range of highway maintenance activities. These will include pothole-filling, new road construction, street lighting and traffic signals. 

The apprentices, who are all from Rotherham, will be based at the Hellaby Depot and will also participate in a formal training programme that will be delivered over two days each week at the High Melton campus of Doncaster College. The posts are all being funded by the authority.

Councillor Gerald Smith, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development, said: "The last Apprentice Roadworker programme was completed in the early 1990s. So these appointments represent a significant investment by the council in the talented young people of Rotherham at a time when young people in particular are finding it difficult to get their first job.

"I wish them every success and I hope that these apprentices will take up appointments as Skilled Roadworkers on completion of their two-year programme. This is all to do with planning for the future. By working across our highways teams, our current workforce can pass on their valuable and extensive knowledge and experience to a new generation. Hopefully, we can then recruit another group of young local people to continue our investment."

Rotherham Council website


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