With the recession hitting the youngest the hardest Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats have implemented proposals announced by national Lib Dem Leader, Nick Clegg, to prevent people leaving school, college and university being condemned to long-term unemployment.
Waltham Forest Council has implemented the Lib Dem policy by encouraging 16 to 18-year-olds to apply for a place on its apprenticeship scheme.
Local Lib Dem Leader and cabinet member for finance and resources, Cllr John Macklin, said:
“Making sure our residents are equipped with the skills they need to compete in the workplace and driving down unemployment are two big priorities for the council and taking on apprenticeships shows that we’re putting our money where our mouth is as an organisation.
“Research has shown that taking on apprentices can be a real boost to the organisation by increasing productivity, increasing competitiveness and providing a committed and well-skilled workforce which makes it a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
Cllr. Bob Sullivan councillor for Leyton Ward and Chair of the Scrutiny Management Committee, said:
“School- leavers and older teenagers have been let down by the Labour Government. Despite Labours big promises, they have not provided the apprenticeships to make sure that every school-leaver who wanted to learn a trade could do so.
“My Lib Dem colleagues on the Council have not sat back, but have acted to help young people gain the skills they need for employment.”
Javell Holden, one of the council’s apprentices, said: “I’ve been working at the WFD call centre while doing a Business and Administration NVQ course since last April.
“I’ve found the course very beneficial and have just been offered a permanent job. I’ve learned many skills and would recommend this to anyone.”
Anyone aged 16-18 and interested in the scheme should email email@example.com or call 020 8520 9430.
Click here for further details of the Lib Dem policy to tackle youth unemployment.