Campaign to fill 500 Surrey apprenticeships closing in on its target

A new campaign to fill 500 apprenticeships in Surrey is fast closing in on its target after smashing through the 300 mark.

In an effort to boost job prospects for teenagers across the county and stimulate economic growth, leader David Hodge unveiled the scheme offering established Surrey businesses a cash incentive to employ an apprentice following the success of Surrey County Council’s successful attempts to fill 265 apprenticeship places last year.

A number of employers have come forward to commit to creating apprenticeship positions within their businesses, from business administration and retail through to carpentry and social care.

To date, 195 firms have been handed the £750 grant, with many hiring several teenagers to push the total firmly beyond the 300 milestone. A further 45 Surrey businesses have also pledged to create apprenticeship roles within their respective companies.

Surrey County Council chief, Mr Hodge, said: “I’m delighted that so many employers have already got behind this apprentice scheme and I’m sure many more will follow suit over the coming weeks and months.

“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 places on top of the 265 that were arranged last year.”

The council has worked hard to increase awareness of other schemes to improve the career prospects of Surrey’s young adults, from paid job shadowing to work experience initiatives.

Surrey remains one of the most prosperous counties in the UK and the council’s plans to encourage the fastest-growing businesses in the county to take on more local talent can only mean more firms will seek to invest in the region.