School leavers secure in-house apprenticeships

Four school leavers have secured jobs as in-house legal assistant apprentices with the London Borough of Hillingdon.

The four have secured two-year contracts with the council and will have six months’ experience in the central services departments of housing and property, social services, corporate and planning. They will be trained for a year by ILEX Tutorial College and Vision Apprentices.

Muna Ahmed, Madison O’Callaghan, Jagjit Sandhu and Gangasuthan Balasubramaniam are all studying towards a Level 2 Legal Administration Apprenticeship.

Ahmed said: “This apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for me as I want to develop my skills in the work place at the same time as study. I’m really looking forward to getting some practical experience within the council, which will help me start my career in the legal industry.”

Cabinet member for central services, councillor Scott Seaman-Digby, said: “The jobs market has never been more competitive and so the council is pleased to be able to offer these young people the opportunity to kick start their legal career, and gain a qualification at the same time.

“Not only are apprenticeships a great way for young people to gain essential work based skills and experience, but we are also looking forward to seeing what fresh new ideas, energy and skills they can bring to our teams.”

Weightmans has unveiled the first Level 4 apprenticeships as part of national apprenticeship week, which started on Monday (13 March 2013).