Robert urges young people to follow his apprentice footsteps

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Young people are being invited to seize a “brilliant opportunity” and secure a route to full-time work.

Robert McCluskey is one of 500 young people who has been helped by Wheatley’s Group modern apprenticeship programme.

The 21-year-old from Knightswood joined GHA, part of Wheatley Group, as an environmental apprentice in 2018.

He went on to secure a full-time job on one of the neighbourhood environmental teams helping keep communities clean and tidy.

He said: “It is a brilliant opportunity. 

“Once you have your foot in the door, there are lots of different things you can do and chances to study and get more qualifications. 

“I enjoy the job and I enjoy helping customers – and there are great opportunities for career progression within the group.”

“As well as opportunities, there is good job security which is important. 

“I feel I have grown my confidence. 

“Being out and about in different situations and helping customers has really helped me.”

The 60 modern apprenticeships places will see young people work in Glasgow, West Lothian and Dumfries and Galloway.

Applicants must be aged 16-19 and do not need any formal qualifications to apply.

Successful candidates could end up working in the group’s award-winning environmental services or as trades apprentices.

Robert McCluskey joined Wheatley’s Group modern apprenticeship programme in 2018.

Modern apprentices will be paid a real salary and get benefits such as travel expenses, 28 days’ holiday and discounts on gym membership and driving lessons.

The apprenticeships are funded by Wheatley Foundation, the Group’s charitable trust which helps tackle unemployment.

Robert added: “I would say to anyone, just go for it. 

‘Once you have your foot in the door, there are lots of different things you can do and chances to study and get more qualifications’

Robert McCluskey

“Don’t worry if you don’t have qualifications or experience because you will be supported with that. 

“Just have a good attitude and you will gain so much from working here. 

“I feel like I can go out and deal with anything”.

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