A COMPANY is launching an apprenticeship scheme to help train and prepare the next generation for their first jobs.

Leigh-based business Better Bathrooms is offering 12 to 18 month long opportunities in accounts, IT, design and administration to local youngsters with the aim of the apprentice securing full-time employment on completion of a scheme.

Entrepreneur and founder Colin Stevens said: “I believe there is great value in training people through apprenticeship schemes.

"With over a million young people unemployed it is the duty of business leaders to pass on their industry knowledge to ensure the next generation are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in their first job.

"In turn they will become a valuable asset to the company so it is worth the investment.

The aim is to engage with young people who are more practically minded and want to build up a skill set that is not available through the academic curriculum.

Participants will attend college part time, studying a related subject, but will also work in the Better Bathrooms office part time gaining practical, hands-on experience through a bespoke training programme.

Colin said: “I was never very academically minded at school and often got restless in the classroom. Allowing people to learn on the job is a fantastic way to engage with young people who are very able but may find it difficult to remain focused in the classroom.”

If you are interested in an apprenticeship please email jobs@betterbathrooms.com.