Teen in jobs bid

A SCHEME to find jobs for young people in Amber Valley has been launched.

Acorn Training Consultants Ltd, has taken on ten apprentices, including two Belper teenagers, to promote the schemes to businesses and to interest other youngsters in the courses it has to offer. The young people on the 12-month Access to Apprenticeship (A2A) scheme are paid £78 for a 30-hour week. At the end of the course, two apprentices will be guaranteed jobs with Acorn, based in Nottingham Road, Ripley.

Anyone aged 16 to 18 who is not in employment, education or training can take part. Luke Stone, 17, of Belper, has just finished an apprenticeship but could not secure a full time job. He said: “I am really enjoying it. Today we went to Heanor Industrial Estate and got contacts which we will follow up later.”

Also on the scheme are Charlotte Pountain-Bell, from Belper and Scott Grant, from Ambergate.