Businessmen and women flocked to an event designed to boost young people’s career prospects and equip firms with the skilled workforce to thrive.
The Developing Skills for Surrey event organised by Surrey County Council attracted more than 60 businesses looking to hire apprentices, offer trial placements or offer work experience.
They had the opportunity to get advice from county council staff, talk to representatives from colleges or training firms and find out how apprentices have benefited other firms.
The event came ahead of next month’s launch of the Supply2Surrey website as part of a push to promote economic growth which has seen the county council pledge to get 500 young people into work in a year through apprenticeships and traineeships.
Laura Langstaff, Surrey County Council’s head of procurement and commissioning, said: “Apprenticeships provide young people with skills they require, give businesses the workforce they need to thrive and help the economy grow.
“This event was an invaluable opportunity for businesses to hear from other firms that have benefited from hiring apprentices at the same time as finding out how we’ve made it easier for them to win work from the county council and other public services.”