A HUGE drive to find at least 700 apprentices has been launched.
Derbyshire County Council has announced a new apprenticeship scheme for young people to create 500 Derbyshire County Council apprenticeships over the next four years, with a further 200 opportunities expected through training grants to local businesses.
There are currently over 5,000 under 25s out of work across Derbyshire - a 6.4% rate which is higher than the national average of 5.5%.
Cllr Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Our exciting new scheme will help hundreds of young people to develop career paths which are valued by employers.
“Young people will gain the practical and technical skills for today’s workplace and will develop as future mentors for young people entering a profession.
“We will be announcing further details shortly and when we do I would urge Derbyshire businesses to sign up to do their bit for the county’s future.”
The county council is now recruiting an apprentice training agency to administer the two schemes. It is expected that they will be up and running by January 2012.
To register your interest in an apprenticeship go to www.derbyshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships