West Norfolk Council extends workers scheme

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An apprentice employment programme is to be extended after winning the backing of West Norfolk Council chiefs this week.

Six new apprentices will now be appointed after plans to continue the programme, which began in 2012, were approved by the authority’s cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Council leader Nick Daubney said the success of the initial programme had given officials the confidence to continue the scheme.

He said: “I’m very keen on this. It’s been good for the young people involved and for the council.

“It also gives us a great deal of credibility when we talk to industry about opportunities for young people.”

Housing portfolio holder Adrian Lawrence added: “I think we have a duty to the younger generation to help them progress.”