John to take on apprentice

John Healey is taking on an apprentice.

He is advertising for an apprentice administrator and caseworker to work in his busy constituency office in Wath and support his work as MP for Wentworth & Dearne.

The apprentice will be employed full-time for a year and go to Dearne Valley College one day a week to work towards an NVQ certificate in business and administration.

Mr Healey said: “I am sure an apprentice will be a great addition to the constituency team and help me in the work I do as local MP.

“This shows that apprenticeships aren’t just for people who want to train as plumbers or electricians – there are apprenticeships out there that allow young people to take a first step in a wide range of different careers.

“Nationally youth unemployment is touching 1 million and in the constituency the number of young people out of work for at least a year has more than tripled in the last 12 months.

“I want to encourage more employers to offer apprenticeships and I want the Government to do more to help them do so.”

The MP said under the last Labour Government the number of apprenticeship starts quadrupled from 65,000 in 1996/97 to 279,000 in 2009/10.

More information on the vacancy can be found here. The closing date for applications is 16 January.

The successful apprentice will be expected to work 37.5 hours per week and the weekly wage begins at £112.50, with a review after 6 months.