Cash windfall for Essex county council apprenticeship scheme

ESSEX County Council has won Government cash to help it create up to 1000 more apprenticeships across the county, it was announced on Wednesday morning. The council will get a share of �7million to develop a number of programmes and deliver apprenticeship

ESSEX County Council has won Government cash to help it create up to 1000 more apprenticeships across the county, it was announced on Wednesday morning.

The council will get a share of �7million to develop a number of programmes and deliver apprenticeship opportunities ranging from manufacturing and engineering, to creative industries and aviation, following the announcement by Apprenticeship Minister Kevin Brennan.

Two new models will help a range of organisations to offer over 14,000 apprenticeship places for young people over the next three years, with a focus on opportunities for 16 to 18-year-olds.

They will be offered in industries vital for the country's economic growth.


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Mr Brennan said: "We want to give small and medium-sized firms the extra support and resources they need to take on more apprentices.

"Small businesses, who may not previously have felt able to offer apprenticeships, can now get on board and back young Britain.

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Leader of Essex County Council, Lord Hanningfield, said: "We are delighted to hear that our bid for funding from the National Apprenticeship Service has been successful. The council is committed to increasing the number of apprenticeships available in the county, and with the launch of our Essex Apprentice scheme we aim to make a real difference.

"This year, apprenticeship places for 16-18 year olds in Essex are down by 22 per cent so our promise to create 1000 apprenticeships over the next three years will have a hugely positive impact on both young people and businesses in Essex.

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