Young people have been finding out about career opportunities with Derbyshire County Council at the launch of its drive to recruit 500 apprentices.
The county council is creating 700 apprenticeships over the next four years - 500 within the authority and 200 in private industry.
Details of the first wave of 50 county council apprenticeships were given out on March 2 during a launch event at County Hall, Matlock.
Young people had the chance to speak to managers about the apprenticeship positions on offer and were offered advice on how to apply.
The first positions are now available in road working, school catering, business administration and customer service.
Councillor Sue Allsop, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Support Member for Regeneration, said: “It is heartening to meet see so many young people who have come along to find out about opportunities at the county council.
“These are difficult times for young people seeking work and we’re committed to supporting them to gain the skills which will set them up for a successful career.
“Less than 3.5 per cent of our current work force is aged 24 or under - compared to 17 per cent in the private sector - so we are keen to recruit from this age group as we plan for the future.
“These are just the first 50 positions as we create 500 over the next four years. I’d urge interested young people to register their interest now so that we can keep them informed as positions become available.”
The county council is working in partnership with Learning Unlimited, Chesterfield College’s commercial arm, to manage its four year scheme.
Apprentices placed with the county council will be employed by the college and given on-going support by its advisors.
For further information about apprenticeship opportunities visit www.chesterfield.ac.uk/dcc-apprenticeships.