Birmingham apprenticeship programme launched

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Birmingham City Council has pledged to create 1000 new apprenticeships in 100 days

A pledge to create a thousand new apprenticeships in the next hundred days has been made by Birmingham City Councillors.

With one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country, the council previously launched a youth employment fund worth GBP2m. The aim is to increase the fund to GBP15m with national apprenticeship grants and a bid for the lottery fund.

With a quarter of young people on benefits in some inner-city areas, the local authority has partnered the National Apprenticeship Service in order to offer grants worth GBP3,000 to local businesses – for every 16-24 year old take on.

Council Leader Sir Albert Bore has made the issue of unemployment a priority for his administration

Sir Albert Bore, Council Leader, commented:  “It is vital that when our young people leave school they are given as much support as possible to achieve their ambitions, find employment, learn new skills and help contribute to making Birmingham a powerful centre of employment and entrepreneurism – and we are doing everything we can to make the process as smooth as possible for employers to provide opportunities for the city’s young people.”