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Apprenticeships put young men on road to success

PUBLISHED: 16:11 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 17 May 2016

Joe McCann (Left) and George Burman (Right) have secured work at the Brookvale Depot

Joe McCann (Left) and George Burman (Right) have secured work at the Brookvale Depot

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They will carry out service and repair work on all of the council’s fleet

Two young men have been given a career boost after securing full-time positions at Gravesham Council’s Brookvale Depot.

Joe McCann and George Burman have both successfully completed their three-year apprenticeships in motor vehicle maintenance and have now been given the green light to work as motor vehicle fitters at the depot on Springhead Road, Gravesend.

Two years of training and personal development lie ahead of them as they service and repair of all of the council’s fleet equipment and vehicles ranging from a HGV to a Chainsaw.

Mr McCann, 22, from New Barn, said: “It’s been great coming to work here. We get to work on different vehicle types and it’s always interesting. I’d always had an interest in cars, so went back to college and then my tutor asked if I fancied an interview with the council. I went to that and then I was offered the job.”

The two men studied at North Kent College, Gravesend, on a day release basis from their roles at Brookvale’s Vehicle Workshop, and they have achieved various industry relevant NVQ level 2 and 3 qualifications.

Mr Burman, also 22, from Echo Square in Gravesend, added: “I did a week’s work experience and then shortly after was offered a place on the apprenticeship scheme. They’ve taught me all I know. We get to work on a bit of a mixture – some days we’ll have strimmers and the next it could be a 40-tonne HGV. You can learn so much more from an apprenticeship. It’s just so much more hands on.”

The council’s lead member for business development, Cllr Samir Jassal, said: “These stories highlight just how successful our apprenticeship scheme is and there’s many more we could talk about. It’s such an important part of the council’s work, with more than 39 being employed since 2011.

“As Gravesham’s largest employer, we’re really investing in the future employability of our community and I see that as an important part of our social responsibility.”

There are currently 18 apprentices in posts across various departments, providing opportunities from the trades to accountancy.

Over the next 12 months, some will be working together on the Interface Experience Project, which is aimed at promoting the business skills and creativity of younger people.

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