EAST Renfrewshire Council is encouraging employers to create job opportunities for young people looking for work.

The local authority is offering employers support in hiring a modern apprentice, who can be an existing member of staff or a new employee.

It is hoped that, by taking on a young person, employers will be able to build a skilled workforce to suit their business needs.

Apprentices would receive the national minimum wage, be provided support through a mentor and allowed to work towards their chosen qualification.

Funding for training is provided through Skills Development Scotland and skilled assessors will tailor the learning to suit both the candidate and employer and provide support throughout the apprentice’s journey.

Work EastRen, the council's employability service, is an approved SQA centre, with over 20 years' experience in delivering qualifications in childcare, administration, facilities services and hospitality.

They can offer a free recruitment service when employers commit to taking on an apprentice.

This includes advertising to their wider Local Employability Partnership and on apprenticeship.scot.

They can help also with reviewing applications and interview preparation.

Councillor Danny Devlin, environment convener for East Renfrewshire Council, said: "Modern apprenticeships are a great opportunity for both the young people and the businesses.

"There are some great modern apprentice success stories across the council and beyond, and with the supports and funding available, I’d encourage anyone who can, to get in touch with us and find out what would be possible."

Employers can find out more by emailing elizabeth.wilson@eastrenfrewshrie.gov.uk, elaine.cheatley@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or calling 0141 577 8438.