Wakefield Council is offering youngsters the opportunity to earn and learn by opening up 38 apprenticeships in a range of departments.
The council is looking for apprentices to fill roles including a youth and community support worker, ICT technician, road worker and civil engineer.
It is expanding its reputation for engaging with local young people on their first steps to a career. It is the only local authority in Yorkshire to be named among the top 100 apprenticeship employers in the country.
Joanne Roney, the council’s chief executive, told the Wakefield Express: “I want to encourage young people to think seriously about applying for an apprenticeship.
“It is a great way to start your career. Apprenticeships aim to raise skills and aspirations as well as reducing unemployment.
“This is a route which offers young people opportunities to learn and develop skills that will help them throughout their working lives.”
Current apprentice at the council, 19-year-old Chloe Slater, added: “I applied for an apprenticeship after leaving college because I wanted to learn and earn at the same time.
“I’m following a structured programme which is interesting, and is giving me strong skills to help me to develop and grow my future career.”
Would-be trainees have just a few days to apply for the programme: applications close on Monday 4 April. For more information, visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/apprentices