Surrey County Council extends successful apprentice scheme
An initiative to boost the number of teenagers finding work with businesses across Surrey has been extended.
A campaign by David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council, to fill 200 apprentice places by offering employers a cash incentive met its target four months early.
The council now hopes to build on the success by extending the scheme to help 65 more under-19s on to the career ladder.
The initiative was launched as part of a drive to stimulate economic growth and to combat the number of young people not in education, employment or training.
Mr Hodge said: “Our apprenticeship scheme has been a huge success for employers and teenagers alike. As a result we’re extending it, meaning another 65 young people will get the opportunity to start a new career and develop the skills businesses need.”
Kay Hammond, cabinet member with responsibility for apprenticeships, said: “Employers have really risen to the challenge. Together we’re making Surrey stronger because apprenticeships provide young people with the skills they need, boost businesses’ profits and drive growth in the economy.”