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Call for greater powers for the South East goes to government

West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey county councils will join forces to lead the call for greater powers and freedoms to be devolved to the South East. All three council leaders have signed a letter that has been sent this week to Greg Clark – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – in … Continue reading

Surrey scheme fills 600 apprentice places in year

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 … Continue reading

Purchasing power creating 170 apprenticeships

Surrey County Council aims to use its purchasing power to create 170 apprenticeships. Firms are being asked to pledge to fill apprentice places as part of their bids for contracts to provide council services. The authority, which negotiates tens of millions of pounds worth of contracts each year, is also encouraging key contractors to look … Continue reading

BuildSurrey website helps local businesses win deals worth more than £8m

  Local businesses have won deals worth more than £8million since an online initiative was launched by Surrey County Council a year ago. More than 700 firms have already registered on the BuildSurrey site, which is part of the county council’s pledge to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services goes to local … Continue reading

Drive to fill 500 apprentice places smashes target

A Surrey County Council challenge to fill 500 apprentice places in a year has smashed its target two months early. Leader David Hodge has revealed that nearly 540 young people have landed apprentice roles since last April as part of three schemes run by the council. Businesses hired more than 410 apprentices through a cash … Continue reading

More than three-quarters of Surrey businesses primed for growth

More than three-quarters of businesses in Surrey’s powerhouse economy are primed for growth in the next two years. A survey for Surrey County Council and Surrey Connects has revealed that 77% of firms are optimistic about their prospects for expanding, with more than three in 10 already reporting annual increases in turnover or budget. Almost … Continue reading

Surrey apprenticeships keep on climbing

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 … Continue reading

Leader sets out challenges and successes

Leader David Hodge used a meeting of the Full Council today to set out the financial challenges ahead and Surrey County Council’s success in improving roads, providing apprenticeships and achieving significant savings.

Apprentice campaign smashes through 300 mark

A campaign to fill 500 apprenticeships is closing in on its target after smashing through the 300 mark. Leader David Hodge unveiled the scheme offering businesses a cash incentive to take on apprentices after the success of Surrey County Council’s drive to fill 265 places last year. A raft of employers have been coming forward … Continue reading

Apprenticeship drive powers to halfway

  A Surrey County Council drive to fill 500 apprentice places in a year has powered up to the halfway mark. The news was confirmed as Youth Work Week got into full swing to highlight the importance of giving young people the right skills for a successful career. Leader David Hodge unveiled Surrey’s scheme offering … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Firms flock to apprentice event

An art gallery, a gardening company and a firm of accountants were among the businesses flocking to an event aimed at improving young people’s career opportunities. The event attracted around 50 firms looking to hire young people, provide trial placements or offer work experience. It was organised by Surrey County Council as part of its … Continue reading

Surrey Leader sets out key priorities

Leader David Hodge today unveiled a new county council Cabinet focused on improving Surrey’s roads, investing in schools and boosting apprenticeships. Other key priorities Mr Hodge set out at the first post-election meeting of the Full Council included investing in care for the vulnerable and tackling the problem of litter.

Surrey stages apprentice event for businesses

Scores of businesses are expected to attend an event aimed at boosting young people’s chances of getting on the career ladder. Surrey County Council has organised the Developing Skills for Surrey event as part of its drive to create 500 apprenticeships in the next year. It is aimed at firms looking to hire apprentices, offer … Continue reading

Surrey’s pledge to young people leaving care

Surrey County Council has signed a pledge spelling out its commitment to young people leaving care. The charter details promises the council has made to help them realise their full potential. It includes making sure they are listened to, treated with respect and are involved in making decisions. One way the council is helping care … Continue reading


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