More than 50 young people are set to get a foot on the job ladder thanks to a county council employer shadowing scheme.
Under the so-called work pairing scheme, 55 youngsters will be offered up to 26 weeks’ paid work experience with businesses that could, if successful, lead to an apprenticeship or other full-time employment. The work experience placement pays £50 a week and the scheme currently has funding until April 2014.
The project is one of several pilots offered by the council. These include its Young Apprentice Grant scheme, where 500 youngsters get a week’s paid work experience as long as they are 19 or younger and the company mostly works in the county.
The council is also offering job coaching to young people who have special educational needs and disabilities which will see them move into paid or unpaid work experience placements, accompanied by a dedicated coach who will provide on-the-job support.
Denise Le Gal, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Services, said: “This scheme helps both growing businesses and young jobseekers get the help they need.
“Growing companies often don’t have the resources to offer paid work experience, so the county council is stepping in to organise what could lead to long-term employment.”