A new website is being launched to boost apprenticeships and bolster firms’ chances of winning public sector contracts in Surrey.
Supply2Surrey aims to match firms with apprentice hopefuls and list contracts on offer from Surrey County Council, the 11 district and borough authorities and Surrey Police.
The launch of the site is being spearheaded by the county council as part of its drive to stimulate economic growth.
Plans were revealed during Surrey’s council tax announcement to invest £750,000 in 500 apprenticeships next year.
The proposals would see the authority extend its successful cash incentive scheme to take the number of teenage apprentices hired in the 18 months since its launch to more than 760.
Denise Le Gal, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Change and Efficiency, said: “In these tough times for the job market it is vital we give young people the leg up to find work and provide employers with the skilled workforce they need to thrive. That’s why in the recent council tax announcement we proposed investing £750,000 in helping 500 young people get on the career ladder next year.
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Apprenticeships provide young people with skills they need, give businesses the workforce they need and help the economy grow. This website will help to provide them and also make it easier for businesses to win work from us, their local councils and the police.”
Last month the county council launched the BuildSurrey website to help firms pitch for construction and building repair work. It will be accessed from the Supply2Surrey site.