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Apprenticeships recruitment drive launched

Youngsters from some of Scotland's most deprived communities are being given the chance to start their career through new apprenticeships.

Wheatley Group and City Building have launched the double recruitment drive ahead of plans to form a joint venture next month.

Wheatley is looking for 30 new modern apprentices from its communities while City Building is taking on 60 trade apprentices.

Wheatley's successful candidates, who do not need any formal qualifications, will work across its partner organisations while studying for a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ).

City Building apprenticeships will include joiners, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, painters and decorators as well as heating and lift engineers.

Those who take part will get a four-year programme and work towards an SVQ level 3 craft qualification.

Shannon McGreechin, 19, from Glasgow, started her apprenticeship at a Glasgow Housing Association office in August 2015 before moving to YourPlace, where she landed a full-time job.

She said: "An apprenticeship is a great opportunity. It's a great chance to gain qualifications and get experience of different parts of the company.

"It has also helped me find what I'm best at and decide what sort of job I want to do. It's really helped me get started on my career."

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