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Surrey’s councils pledge to hire 100 apprentices

Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond. Click image to download

Councils in Surrey have pledged to hire almost 100 apprentices in the next year.

The commitment builds on the 200 young people they have already found apprentice places for since 2009.

Now Surrey’s 12 councils aim to capitalise on the momentum to take the total to 300 apprenticeships as part of a drive to combat the number of young people not in education, employment or training.

They will offer apprentice roles in services such as highways, administration and HR.

The next wave of new recruits will add to the 218 who have already benefitted from an apprenticeship.

Surrey County Council has hired 182 of those, with Waverley Borough Council taking on 20 and Guildford Borough Council filling seven places.

At the same time, 115 young people have joined schemes at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council designed to arm them with the skills to boost their permanent job prospects.

The pledge comes as the county council’s campaign to get businesses to hire 200 apprentices by offering them a cash incentive is on the verge of reaching the target.

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “It is important we do all we can to create jobs and opportunities to prepare today’s young people for a successful future and that’s why we’ve made this pledge.

“As well as helping employers develop talent and reap the benefits of a more productive workforce, apprenticeships give young people a great opportunity to get started on their chosen career path, earn and improve their future prospects.”

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