Derbyshire County Council has announced one of its biggest ever apprenticeship drives – aiming to get at least 700 young people into work.
There are currently over 5,000 under 25s out of work across Derbyshire – a 6.4% rate which is higher than the national average of 5.5 per cent.
The county council is committed to giving young people the best possible start in life through education, employment and training.
Councillors have announced a new apprenticeship scheme for young people to create 500 Derbyshire County Council apprenticeships over the next four years.
And the authority is offering training grants for small and medium sized companies in Derbyshire to take on school leavers as apprentices – with a further 200 training opportunities expected to be created.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, DCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Our exciting new scheme will help hundreds of young people to develop career paths which are valued by employers.
“Young people will gain the practical and technical skills for today’s workplace and will develop as future mentors for young people entering a profession.
“We will be announcing further details shortly and when we do I would urge Derbyshire businesses to sign up to do their bit for the county’s future.”
The county council is now recruiting an apprentice training agency to administer the two schemes.
It is expected that they will be up and running by January 2012.
To register your interest in an apprenticeship go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships .