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A NEW recruit will be given a helping hand on the career ladder when two councillors pay their wages for a year.

Councillors are setting aside some of their ward funding to get a Blackpool resident out of unemployment.

Councillors Gillian Campbell and Brian Doherty, who represent Park ward which includes Grange Park, are channelling £13,000 from their ward budget to pay the wages of an apprentice for 12 months.

The new recruit will work in the ward for the council’s park’s department.

Coun Campbell said: “Myself and Coun Doherty have decided we will put £13,000 of our budget towards a modern apprentice to work in Park ward next year.

“At a time when there are so many enthusiastic and talented young people crying out for employment we felt taking this innovative approach was the right thing to do.

“As well as giving a young person a chance, this scheme will also benefit Park ward directly. We are also looking at funding another modern apprentice to work in a school.”

Coun Doherty said: “We feel this is a good way of giving someone a leg up into work. He or she will get wages for a year and hopefully be kept on by the council after that, and then hopefully we can do the same thing again.

“There are very few opportunities around at the moment so this is a good way of using our ward funding.”

The apprentice will be recruited through the parks department and will be funded between February 2013 and February 2014.

In 2011, Coun Campbell and Coun Doherty allocated £20,000 from their ward budget to save Boundary Library on Grange Park from the threat of closure.

In September, Blackpool Council became the first local authority to sign up to a new Charter for Young People being led by the North West Trades Union Congress (TUC) which aims to get more young people into jobs.

It is hoped to improve prospects for youngsters by providing them with sustainable apprenticeships or work experience.

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