Apprentice jobs could kick-start new career

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Young people on Arran looking to kick-start their careers are being urged to consider a modern apprenticeship with North Ayrshire Council.

Currently there are three posts available on Arran, two for Active Leisure based at the Arran Outdoor Education Centre, and one for business and administration within the council’s local office in Lamlash. The posts are being advertised on the MyJobScotland website and will remain open for applications until Sunday (July 16).

A modern apprenticeship is a great way for young people, aged 16-19, to bridge the gap between leaving school and finding work. The council has up to 85 positions to fill this year in a bid to provide local youngsters with an opportunity to get their feet on the career ladder.

Councillor Alex Gallagher, cabinet member for economy, said: ‘As a council, we are committed to promoting and encouraging young people into work or further education. And our ambitious modern apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity for our young people to take that first step into the world of work after they leave school as they provide a chance to learn new skills while getting used to a working life.’

Twenty-year-old Amy O’Rourke from Irvine, is one of the 145 youngsters to have taken part in the programme in the last two years. Only six-months in, she successfully gained full-time employment within the council’s education and youth employment service based in the council headquarters at Cunninghame House.

Speaking about her time on the programme, she said: ‘I couldn’t recommend a modern apprenticeship with the council enough. After leaving school, I struggled with trying to decide what I wanted to do career-wise. But one day while job searching, I came across a business administration a modern apprenticeship with the council. Under the job spec, it explained that it would allow me to work and gain further qualifications at the same time.  It was a ‘no-brainer’ for me.

‘Only six-months into my apprenticeship and having successfully achieved my level two in business admin, I was offered a full-time post as a clerical assistant within the resources section. I was over the moon to have not only found a job I really wanted to do, but that I was valued so highly as an MA that I was offered a job after just a few months.

‘I can truly say that the programme has been one of the best things to have happened to me. It’s opened doors, allowed me to progress myself and I’ve met so many new friends. I would highly recommend the programme to any young person who is struggling to decide on their career path.’

For more information on the available posts, contact the council on 01294 324949 or email

Amy O’Rourke whose career was helped by the modern apprentice scheme. NO_B28_career_01