Council signs deal to create 700 apprenticeships

Over 700 young people will be helped into work after Derbyshire County Council signed a contract to deliver one of its biggest ever apprenticeship drives.

An agreement has been signed with Chesterfield College’s apprenticeship academy, Learning Unlimited, to manage a four year scheme.

It means 500 apprenticeships will be created across the county council – ranging from roles in engineering and maintenance, business administration, and other services including adult care – with the opportunity to compete for permanent employment on completion.

In addition the authority is offering training grants of £2,500 to small and medium sized companies to take on apprentices – creating a a further 200 training opportunities in a £500,000 scheme.

These will be targeted at 16 and 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’re delighted to appoint Chesterfield College to deliver these exciting opportunities for young people.

“Hundreds of young people will gain the practical, technical and work ethic skills required for today’s workplace and it will benefit the Derbyshire economy and set the apprentice up for a successful career.

“We realise these are challenging times for both employers and young people seeking work and we’re confident this scheme will provide a real lift for Derbyshire.”

There are currently over 5,000 under 25s out of work across Derbyshire – a 6.4 per cent rate which is higher than the national average of 5.5 per cent.

Over 280 young people have registered their interest in the apprenticeship scheme since the county council announced its plans in September.

You can still register your interest at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships

The first apprenticeships will begin in the new year.