As national figures for young people classed as not in education, employment or training were released today, Surrey County Council revealed that it has filled 280 apprenticeships in just over six months. Most of the roles were created through a cash incentive scheme for businesses and the others were arranged at the council and through contractors.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “This is fantastic news and a great boost for young people looking to get on the first rung of the ladder in their chosen career.
“Whether it’s in construction, retail, engineering or IT, we’re doing all we can to help young people into the world of work because apprenticeships equip them with the skills they require, give businesses the workforce they need to thrive and help the economy grow.
“We already have the lowest number of so-called NEETs in the country and that bears testament to the work being done in Surrey to give young people the opportunity to make the most of their future.
“However, there’s no room for complacency and if we continue creating apprenticeships at the current rate we will have helped well over 500 young people get a leg up on the career ladder in a year.”
Just 1.8% of people aged 16 to 19 in Surrey were not studying or working, according to figures released by the Department of Education in March.