Essex County Council reveals apprenticeship success

Following research from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which highlighted how 84% of businesses and 88% of young people are satisfied with apprenticeships, Essex County Council has revealed that nearly 90% of people who have completed a year on its apprenticeship scheme have either been offered a job or have gone onto further education. Since 2009 over 2200 apprentices have been employed as part of the scheme.

Essex County Councillor Kevin Bentley, deputy leader and cabinet member of economic growth and infrastructure, said: “It is great to see that apprenticeships are being recognised nationally as a fantastic opportunity for young people to start their career.

“An Essex Apprenticeship gives young people the chance to learn the skills required to succeed and begin on an exciting career pathway. I’m hugely proud of the programme because it is highly successful and it shows that the answers to problems like unemployment are often found locally rather than through huge national initiatives run from London.We must do as much as possible to support young people to give them the best chance of employment in Essex.”