Hundreds join Tower Hamlets apprentice scheme to beat jobless queue

Up to 300 school-leavers and young people under 25 have joined this year’s local authority apprenticeship scheme in London’s deprived East End with its above-average youth unemployment.

They have started a 12-month programme with Tower Hamlets Council departments to get work experience and qualifications including NVQ.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who met the latest apprentices during last week’s induction, said: “Providing people with avenues to learning and development will help bridge the gap preventing them taking up job opportunities.”

The scheme is aimed at building a skilled workforce in the East End reflecting the needs of the community.

Apprentices study towards an NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration or Health & Social Care and are paid to work 30 hours a week in departments throughout the authority. Applicants aged 16 to 24 must live in Tower Hamlets to qualify for the scheme.


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Youth unemployment in the East End is above the national average, with many school-leavers unable to find a job in the first year.

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