Edinburgh Council confirms that their apprenticeships are open to Midlothian residents

Friday June 2nd 2023

Graduate apprentice surveyors with the council

From left to right: Graduate apprentice surveyors with the council Liam Bol, Adam Wright, Alice Hargest and Ross Hannah.

Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

On Monday we reported a good news story about Edinburgh council apprenticeship recruitment. However Midlothian readers who looked to apply were then disappointed to find out that the job adverts said the roles were only open to Edinburgh residents.

Some of the adverts said:

“Applicants must be resident of the City of Edinburgh Council area: postcodes EH1-17, EH28, EH29, EH30”.

We were surprised that Edinburgh Council were able to include a geographical bias in their recruitment so we decided to contact them for clarification.

An Edinburgh Council spokesperson has this morning replied to say that this was an oversight. The spokesperson said:

“These jobs are also open to those from outside Edinburgh and we’ll amend anything on the criteria if it says otherwise. People are welcome to apply while the advert still says Edinburgh only. We are very sorry about this, and for the inconvenience it will have obviously caused those looking to apply.”

This is good news for Midlothian residents and a reminder that sometimes it is worth asking a question when something does not seem right.

The City of Edinburgh Council is searching for apprentices and experienced tradespeople as part of a recruitment drive.

Adverts are now live for over 30 jobs and apprenticeships across a variety of roles as part of the council’s plan to hire over 80 recruits in the housing service in the coming weeks.

Designed to boost inhouse capacity to maintain, improve and repair tenants’ homes, the raft of positions will cover everything from plastering, painting and plumbing to carrying out emergency repairs. Opportunities are available to develop skills in joinery, gas engineering and to join the capital investment team.

Craft apprenticeships are available which will provide budding tradespeople with the opportunity to earn a qualification and learn new skills while being paid. Every role forms part of a team with lots of support and mentoring and a college place to become fully qualified.

Graduate apprenticeships have also been created which will involve working within the council’s surveying team and attending university to gain a BSc (Hons) in Construction and the Built Environment. Successful applicants will learn design skills, contract and risk management and financial costings.

Further posts will be advertised soon, with details of all positions to be found on Myjobscotland.

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