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Undated Handout Photo from ITV's The Fixer. Pictured [l-r]: Calum McKenzie [Jody Latham], Lenny Douglas [Peter Mullan], John Mercer [Andrew Buchan] and Rose Chamberlain [Tamzin Outhwaite]. See PA Feature TV Buchan. PA Photo/Amanda Searle/Kudos Film and Television Ltd. For further information please contact: John Manthorpe on 084488 13045.

Undated Handout Photo from ITV's The Fixer. Pictured [l-r]: Calum McKenzie [Jody Latham], Lenny Douglas [Peter Mullan], John Mercer [Andrew Buchan] and Rose Chamberlain [Tamzin Outhwaite]. See PA Feature TV Buchan. PA Photo/Amanda Searle/Kudos Film and Television Ltd. For further information please contact: John Manthorpe on 084488 13045.

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Despite the tough economic climate, more employers are recruiting apprentices in the East Midlands.

Figures from the National Apprenticeship Service show that in December 2009/2010 there was a 165 per cent increase in the number of companies searching for the next apprentice!

So, why are more employers looking to recruit apprentices?

Daniel Corlett, North Derbyshire Partnership manager for Derby County in the Community said: “Recruiting an apprentice allowed our organisation to up skill and train a new member of staff, meaning any skills and qualifications developed and acquired were those directly required by ourselves.”

The increase in the number of apprenticeships is also great news for 16- to 18-year-olds wanting to take their first steps on the career ladder as in December 2010, there were over 251 apprenticeship vacancies.

Looking for an apprenticeship? Call in to your local Connexions centre at, King Street, Alfreton; West Bars, Chesterfield; Curzon Street, Derby, Bath Street, Ilkeston; Tamworth Road, Long Eaton; Crown Square, Matlock; Rink Drive, Swadlincote.

For centre opening times and details of other places where you can get help from Connexions call 0800 269 468 or visit www.connexions-derbyshire.org.