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Surrey welcomes new national plan to support apprentices

Following Business Secretary Vince Cable’s announcement of new plans to make it easier for businesses to take on apprentices, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Learning Tim Hall said:

“This is really welcome news and a great boost for young people looking to get on the first rung of the ladder in their chosen career.

“The county council is currently spearheading a campaign to fill 200 apprentice places in 100 days and has almost reached the halfway mark in just over a month. Already businesses in Surrey have pledged to fill 80 places as part of our drive and I’m sure many more will follow suit in the coming weeks and months.

“The number of young people in Surrey not in education, employment or training (NEET) is very low compared to the national average but the council’s goal is to make sure nobody in Surrey is classed as NEET by 2015 and this announcement will help us to achieve that.”

Surrey has the second lowest number of young people considered NEET in the country with less than four in a hundred being classed as such. The national average is more than six in a hundred.

The council has taken on 72 apprentices since 2009.

Businesses interested in finding out more about taking on an apprentice can email apprenticeships@surreycc.gov.uk.

Alternatively call Carol Squires on 01483 735540 or email carol.squires@surrey-chambers.co.uk. For people wishing to apply for an apprenticeship place, a list of current vacancies is available on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Apprenticeships give young people valuable skills, work experience and qualifications. The target age group for Surrey’s scheme is 16 to 24 but it is open to older people. Recent research shows apprentices earn an average of £170 a week. On average an apprenticeship lasts around 18 months.

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For more information, please call senior media relations officer Kevin Richardson on 0208 541 7267 or email kevin.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk.

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