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Apprentice numbers "soaring" in Surrey
2:30pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Local News
Apprentice numbers are soaring in Surrey with a near 11% rise in a year.
Surrey County Council announced that the number of new apprentices aged 19 to 24 surged by 10.8% to 1,747 in the nine months to April, compared with the same period a year earlier.
And apprentices aged 16 to 18 climbed by almost 5% during the same period.
The council said that Surrey had “outshone the rest of the South-east.”
The region, it said, showed a 4.3% rise in 19 to 24-year-old apprentices, and a 7.4% fall for those aged 16 to 18.
A county council spokesman said that last year, the county council had “incentivised” businesses to hire more than 260 apprentices, and it is aiming to boost the work prospects of a further 500 by next April.
As part of the drive, the council arranged a series of events for firms this month.
And next month, apprenticeships will be highlighted at the Surrey Opportunities Fair at Epsom Racecourse on Tuesday, October 8.
The event drew about 1,800 people last year.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “This continued rise in the number of young people getting on the career ladder is a fantastic endorsement from employers and apprentices alike.”
Coun Hodge said: “Apprenticeships provide young people with skills they require, give businesses the workforce they need to thrive, and help the economy grow, which is why we’re aiming to create another 500 by next April.”
The figures for apprenticeships were provided by the Government’s Data Service.