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Drive to fill 100 council apprenticeships smashes target

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

A drive to fill 100 apprenticeship places at Surrey County Council in a year has smashed its target more than a month early.

By the end of last month more than 110 apprenticeships had been arranged with the council following the initiative’s launch last April.

Places were offered in areas such as youth work, administration, social care, IT and customer services.

The news coincided with the launch of National Apprenticeship Week, which is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.

During last month’s council tax announcement, it was revealed that £750,000 was being invested in creating 500 apprenticeships next year at Surrey businesses.

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for apprenticeships, said: “Reaching the 100 target is fantastic news and a great boost for young people looking to get on in their chosen career.

“Apprenticeships are not only good for young people finding their way into work, they’re good for helping businesses build a workforce with the skills they need and that’s why we pledged to help 500 apprentices get on the career ladder next year as part of our council tax announcement.”

National Apprenticeship Week runs until this Friday.

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