Apprenticeship drive to boost economy

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OVER 700 young people will be helped into work after Derbyshire County Council signed a contract to deliver one of its biggest ever apprenticeship drives.

An agreement has been signed with Chesterfield College’s apprenticeship academy, Learning Unlimited, to manage a four-year scheme.

It means 500 apprenticeships will be created across the county council – ranging from roles in engineering and maintenance, business administration, and other services including adult care – with the opportunity to compete for permanent employment on completion.

The authority is also offering training grants of £2,500 to small and medium-sized companies to take on apprentices – creating a further 200 training opportunities in a £500,000 scheme. These will be targeted at 16 and 17-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Hundreds of young people will gain the practical, technical and work ethic skills required for today’s workplace and it will benefit the Derbyshire economy and set the apprentice up for a successful career.

“We realise these are challenging times for both employers and young people seeking work and we’re confident this scheme will provide a real lift for Derbyshire.”

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