Derbyshire County Council has beaten off competition from hundreds of employers to be shortlisted for the East Midlands final of the National Apprenticeship Awards 2014.
The authority has been nominated in the BT Macro Employer of the Year award for those who employ more than 5,000 people.
The county council scheme has recruited 250 apprentices, including 43 who will start in September 2014 as part of its commitment to create 500 opportunities.
Coun Brian Ridgway, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for council services, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for the hard work we do to help support young people into work in Derbyshire in these difficult economic times.
“Apprenticeships are a key part of rebuilding the local economy and we are committed to helping young people into employment to learn a range of skills right across the council.”
The National Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers.
The regional winners will be announced at a ceremony organised by the National Apprenticeship Service at the East Midlands Conference Centre on 2 September.
They will then go through to the national final on 13 November where the highest scoring entries will feature in the acclaimed England’s top 100 apprenticeship employers list.
To find out more about apprenticeships at the county council visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/apprenticeships