City of London Corporation, the governing body for the Square Mile and a major London-wide public services provider, has exceeded its target to employ 100 apprentices in a single year by hiring 102 young adults in 12 months.
Apprentices have been placed across City of London Corporation’s departments, learning new skills as tree surgeons at Hampstead Heath, as animal handlers at the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre and museum curators at Keats House.
All City of London Corporation apprentices, who are recruited from a diverse range of backgrounds, are paid the London living wage of £10.20 per hour and continue to be supported with careers advice after their apprenticeship.
Employing apprentices is one of many ways in which businesses can acquire and develop the skills their firms need, while improving the employability of the younger generation, City of London Corporation said. It is charged with supporting and promoting the ‘City’ as a world-leading financial and business hub, with outward and inward business delegations, high-profile civic events and research-driven policies.
Catherine McGuinness, policy chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: “Apprenticeships are a great way to kick-start to a young person’s career—a stepping stone into the world of work.”
“They empower people to try out different jobs, experience a range of sectors and use their experience to discover new ways into employment.”