Corporate, Young people

Apprentice numbers soar in Surrey

Apprentice numbers are soaring in Surrey – with a near 11% rise in a year.

The number of new apprentices aged 19 to 24 surged by 10.8% to 1,747 in the nine months to April compared with the same period a year earlier.

And apprentices aged 16 to 18 climbed by almost 5% during the same period.

Surrey outshone the rest of the South East, which showed a 4.3% rise in 19 to 24-year-old apprentices and a 7.4% fall for those aged 16 to 18.

Last year Surrey County Council incentivised businesses to hire more than 260 apprentices and is aiming to boost the work prospects of a further 500 by next April.

As part of that drive the council arranged a series of events for firms, culminating at Foxhills Hotel and Resort in Ottershaw on 27 September.

They will be followed by the Surrey Opportunities Fair at Epsom Racecourse on 8 October, which attracted 1,800 people last year.

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge said: “This continued rise in the number of young people getting on the career ladder is a fantastic endorsement from employers and apprentices alike.

“Apprenticeships provide young people with skills they require, give businesses the workforce they need to thrive and help the economy grow, which is why we’re aiming to create another 500 by next April.”

The figures were provided by the government’s Data Service.


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