APPRENTICES with Selby District Council have been given new tool kits by social housing group Efficiency North.

Edward Wake, an electrician apprentice and Tom Wilcock, plumbing apprentice, were given the toolkits by Paul Mitchell from Efficiency North and council leader Cllr Mark Crane.

The apprentices have been working at the Council since last September – their apprenticeship takes place over three years, with four days on the job learning and one day of classroom based learning at Selby College.

Edward and Tom are part of the team that repairs and maintains Council tenants’ homes, and have rewired and plumbed the council’s vacant properties for new tenants.

Paul Mitchell, social value manager from Efficiency North, said: "We were only too pleased to be able to support two local residents that we know will have a positive and productive experience within the maintenance team in Selby.

"These toolkits are to help make sure that they are fully prepared to carry out their daily tasks, we’ll also be looking at other ways of supporting them too, including access to our Health and Wellbeing scheme and travel allowance, so we’ll be in regular contact with them both to ensure that they’re progressing with their qualification."

Cllr Crane said: "It’s great to meet our apprentices and I wish Edward and Tom every success in their career. Giving young people a chance to shine is really important and it helps make Selby District a great place to live and work."