Fife's Apprentices - Leap Years Ahead

Archived news: published on Monday 29 Feb 2016 by Fife Council

Emily and Erin have taken a leap into Modern Apprenticeships

Emily and Erin have taken a leap into Modern Apprenticeships

Leap into your future with an apprenticeship! That’s the message from Fife Council as it joins forces with Skills Development Scotland to celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week from 29 February 2016.


The council runs a number of successful youth employability projects with local businesses, Fife College and other Opportunities Fife partners. As well as investing £7m in the Fife Job Contract to help local employers create jobs and take on apprentices, the council invests £1million each year in apprentices and trainees to shape its own workforce of the future.


There are horticultural modern apprenticeships up for grabs now at the council, revenues (financial) traineeships will be advertised from 1 March and a variety of other roles will become available throughout the year. Apply for posts or register for alerts at


Fife Council’s Depute Leader and spokesperson for Economy and Planning, Lesley Laird said: “We believe it’s essential to keep investing in employability projects for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. In the budget set last Thursday (25th), we’ve committed to continuing the investment of £0.9m in employability initiatives through the Fairer Fife Fund which attracts matched European funding. And we’ve added a further investment of £0.4m for new initiatives.

“A skilled local workforce helps drive Fife’s economy and the ability for more people to get, and keep, a job is critical to creating a fairer society and lifting families out of poverty.


“Scottish Apprenticeship Week is a great chance to celebrate the contribution young people can make to a workforce and raise awareness of the youth employment opportunities around Fife.


“While we expect a reduction in the council staff numbers in the next few years, overall we’ve got an ageing workforce. More people are nearing retirement than are just starting their careers and we need to make sure we’ve got the skills in place to keep Fife’s public services running in the future. And, as Fife’s largest employer, we also want to make sure we play our part in creating opportunities for school and college leavers.


“We’re investing £1 million each year in employment and training for 16 to 24 year olds within different parts of the council and are proud of our often award-winning apprentices. Roles are wide ranging, from business support to catering to social work – so whatever your interests or qualifications it’s worth keeping your eye out for jobs at the council, which could lead to a long-term career.”


Many apprentices who joined Fife Council in 2013-14 have moved on to permanent jobs, either at the council or with other organisations. 50 roles were advertised in 2015 and around 50 new posts will be advertised in 2016.


For more information:

Lesley Laird, Councillor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 24 64 Contact Lesley Laird online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

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