As hundreds of young people prepare for next week’s Surrey Opportunities Fair, the county council has revealed it has helped 600 teenagers into apprenticeships since last year’s event through a cash incentive scheme.
Since 1,600 young people descended on last October’s skills fair, a raft of employers have come forward to create apprentice roles across sectors including business administration, construction, retail, carpentry and social care.
Under Surrey’s initiative, employers receive £750 for each under-19 apprentice they hire as part of the county council’s push to stimulate economic growth which has also seen the number of young people in the county not in education, employment or training – so-called NEETs – hit a national low.
The free fair, which has been organised by the county council, is being held in Epsom on Tuesday and will be open to schoolchildren from 9am and to everyone between 4pm and 7pm.
It will give young people the opportunity to find out more about the 100-plus apprenticeships currently available, further education and training.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said:“Apprenticeships are good for business and for a successful career and that’s why we’re aiming to give 500 more young people the leg up they need to find work in a year and provide employers with the skilled workforce they require to thrive as part of our efforts to promote economic growth.”