A campaign to boost the number of teenagers finding work with Surrey businesses has been extended.
Plans unveiled by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge to fill 200 apprentice places by offering employers a cash incentive became a reality four months early.
Now the authority aims to build on this success by extending the scheme to get 65 more under-19s on the first rung of the career ladder.
The original initiative, which was backed by Skills Minister John Hayes, was launched as part of a drive to stimulate economic growth that has also seen plans put in place to combat the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “Our apprenticeship scheme has been a huge success for employers and teenagers alike.
“As a result we’re extending it, meaning another 65 young people will get the opportunity to start a new career and develop the skills businesses need.”
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for apprenticeships, said: “Employers have really risen to the challenge.
“Together we’re making Surrey stronger because apprenticeships provide young people with the skills they need, boost businesses’ profits and drive growth in the economy.”