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VIDEO: Sneak peek of the new Phoenix Youth Centre

Take a video tour of the new Phoenix Youth Centre with Surrey County County Council’s Assistant Director for Young People Garath Symonds. The finishing touches are being applied before the centre opens its doors as part of a joint project with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council to regenerate the Preston area.

Singapore public service leaders visit county council

Picture caption: A delegation of public service leaders from Singapore have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A group of 11 officials working in education, social services, health and other fields visited County Hall to learn how the authority has transformed services. Quote: Julie Fisher, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Business Services, … Continue reading

Surrey apprentice target hit again

An apprenticeship campaign that was so successful it was extended has hit its new target for getting young people on the career ladder. Surrey County Council aimed higher after the original goal of creating 200 apprenticeships was achieved four months early. Now the revised target of giving an extra 65 under-19s a leg up in … Continue reading

Chain of skills centres for NEETs set to be completed

A chain of 10 skills centres designed to boost the job prospects of young people who are not in education, training or work is set to be completed. Eight centres in the network have opened as part of Surrey County Council’s drive to tackle the number of people classed as NEET and the final two … Continue reading

Surrey’s Symonds takes on national roles

Surrey County Council’s Garath Symonds has been appointed to two key National Youth Agency roles. The council’s Assistant Director for Young People joins the Board of Trustees and becomes the chair of the Education and Training Standards Committee. Mr Symonds, who started his career as a residential social worker, joined Surrey in 2009 from Lambeth Council and has … Continue reading

Surrey’s head of youth services joins Greg Clark at international innovation event

Surrey County Council’s head of youth services spoke alongside government minister Greg Clark at an international event looking at innovation in public services. Assistant Director for Young People Garath Symonds shared the platform with the Minister for Decentralisation and Cities at a seminar in Helsinki*. They were joined by Ulla-Maija Laiho, Finland’s Development Director at … Continue reading

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