Apprenticeships in Surrey up by 20% in one year

Surrey County Council focus on apprenticeships has boosted schemes by 20%

Surrey County Council focus on apprenticeships has boosted schemes by 20%

The number of apprenticeships available in Surrey has risen by almost 20% in the last year, according to the county council.

There was a 19.2% rise in apprentice numbers in the 16 to 18 age bracket, with a rise of 16.5% rise amongst 19 to 24 year-olds. The impressive results are in contrast to other areas in the southeast, which have seen falls in apprentice numbers over the last year.

Surrey county council has been offering cash incentives to businesses who offer apprenticeships, leading to the creation of 265 placements for teenagers and 100 people being hired within the authority. The council has also set a target of improving the job prospects of 500 young people over the next year through apprenticeships and trainee schemes.

Frank Offer, Surrey County Council’s head of commissioning and development, said: “A rise of nearly 20% in apprentices is great news, and now the county council will look to build on the momentum we’ve created as part of our efforts to promote economic growth.”

 “Apprenticeships are good for business and for a successful career, so over the coming year our aim is to give 500 more young people the leg-up they need to find work at a tough time and provide employers with the skilled workforce they require to thrive.”