Apprenticeships keep on climbing in Surrey – surging by more than 8% in a year.
Latest annual figures reveal the number of new Surrey apprentices aged 19 to 24 swelled by 8.4% to more than 2,200.
And the number of 18-year-olds starting apprenticeships shot up by 6.5% in the year to August, with more than 700 roles filled.
Surrey outstripped the rest of the South East, which saw a 7% rise for people aged 19 to 24 and a 2% dip for those aged 18.
In addition, the number of people aged 16 to 18 filling apprentice places in Surrey rose by just over 2% to almost 1,400.
Last year Surrey County Council incentivised businesses to hire 265 apprentices and is closing in on its target of filling 500 more places by the end of March after smashing through the 300 mark last week.
Boosting teenagers’ job prospects forms part of the council’s efforts to promote economic growth, which has also job shadowing and work experience schemes contribute to the number of young people in Surrey not in education, employment or training cut by more than half.
Surrey leader David Hodge said: “This continued surge in apprenticeships is great news for both young people looking to get on in their chosen career and businesses looking to secure the skilled workforce they require to thrive.
“That’s why we’re creating another 500 apprentice places on top of the 265 that we arranged last year as part of our efforts to promote economic growth.
“We’ve surged past the 300-mark thanks to businesses really getting behind our scheme and I’m sure they’ll continue to do so as we close in our 500 target.”