Essex County Council confirms support for apprenticeships

Essex County Council has pledged to support a new push for apprenticeships in local businesses in higher growth sectors. These sectors include: energy, engineering, science, technology, financial, health and social care.

The Essex apprentice programme provides funding to businesses as an incentive to employ apprentices aged 16 to 24 in a variety of high growth sectors, including energy, engineering, science, technology, financial, health and social care. By creating new or additional apprenticeship places in these specific sectors it will hopefully help to encourage young people into work.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for economic growth and infrastructure, Cllr Kevin Bentley said: “We are committed to helping young people in Essex achieve their full potential through learning as well as supporting employers to generate wealth, jobs and opportunity.”

“Apprentices have a hugely positive impact on business and the local economy. I would encourage anyone thinking about taking on an apprentice to contact us and take the leap.” He added.

Since 2009 the council-managed Essex Apprenticeship programme has supported over 1,500 employers to recruit more than 2,500 young people into an apprenticeship.