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Social networking pioneer supports Surrey apprentice drive

Penny Power and David Hodge. Click image to download.

Social networking pioneer Penny Power has lent her support to Surrey County Council’s drive to encourage more businesses to hire young people.

She joined council leader David Hodge at the third of a series of events being staged as part of authority’s drive to boost the job prospects of 500 teenagers by next April.

The entrepreneur founded the UK’s first social network for business in 1998, which now boasts more than 600,000 members worldwide, and recently she has been involved in helping young people with digital skills secure apprenticeships. For more information follow this link.

Around 45 firms attended the council’s event at the Surrey Technology Centre, Guildford, and about a quarter immediately signalled their intention to hire an apprentice.

The final event is at Foxhills Hotel and Resort in Ottershaw on 27 September. It will be followed by the Surrey Opportunities Fair on 8 October, which last year attracted 1,800 young people.

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “Apprenticeships are good for business and for a successful career. Our aim is to give 500 more young people the leg up they need to find work at a tough time and provide employers with the skilled workforce they require to thrive as part of our efforts to promote economic growth.”

Businesses interested in hiring an apprentice can contact Chris Bussicott on 01483 519342 or at

Below is a video of Guildford MP and former minister Anne Milton that was shown at the Guildford event.


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