Surrey Council County launches mass apprenticeship drive

Surrey County Council has launched a new apprenticeship drive in a bid to stimulate economic growth.

The council has over the past two years prioritised the local NEETs, with the total amount falling to just 1.8% compared to the national average of 5.3%.

The drive aims to create 170 apprenticeships across the county, and will be asking firms to pledge to fill apprentice places as part of their bids for contracts to provide council services. It follows the council’s pledge to create 500 roles by next April, having successfully filled nearly 540 places in ten months.

Denise Le Gal, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for business services, said: “This initiative means we can continue providing taxpayers with the best possible deal now, while also helping to train the next generation of our workforce. Apprenticeships give young people the leg up in their careers that they need at a difficult time, and provide businesses with the skilled staff they require to thrive and help the economy grow.”