460 jobs for business apprentices

Originally published in Evening Times, 31/8/2009

YOUNG people were given a jobs boost today when it was announced 460 business apprentice posts are being created in Scotland.

The news was revealed by First Minister Alex Salmond during a visit to outsourcing company Capita in St Vincent Street, Glasgow.

The Scottish Government-backed scheme will create posts across the country, but it is hoped many finance firms in Glasgow will take part.

Trainees who successfully take part in the scheme will earn an SVQ level two qualification.

Mr Salmond said: "It combines valuable, much needed jobs in the recession for young people and the start for an exciting new career in the sector."

The news comes on the back of the announcement that Supermarket company Tesco is to create 800 jobs in a 15million customer service centre in Glasgow city centre.

The jobs in its personal finance division are expected to be for staff working mainly in a house insurance call centre.

Workers will be based at a new Cowcaddens site, Broadway One, in Renfield Street.

The building is expected to open in the first half of next year and will support Tesco's drive to offer a full banking service.

The property agents responsible for acquiring Broadway One, German-based IVG, said it was the single largest letting transaction in the city's history.

Tesco has received a 5million grant from the Scottish Government as part of the deal to bring the jobs to the city.