Figures out this week show that Nottinghamshire has the biggest percentage of 16 and 17-year-olds across the country working as apprentices.
The June 2012 data published by the Department for Education, from information compiled on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, sets out how English local authorities are doing with supporting 16 and 17 years into education and training.
The County Council’s committee chairman for children and young people’s services PCoun hilip Owen said: “We’re pleased to see that the data places Nottinghamshire ahead of both the East Midlands and England in all of the measures reported.”
The figures show that more than 15% of 16 and 17 year olds, known to the local authority in Notts, are currently doing apprenticeships – that’s 2,760 young people.
This number is over four times higher than the national average and nearly three times the East Midlands figure.
“Over the past year we’ve been developing a youth education and employment strategy. And part of this includes working in partnership with schools to raise awareness and understanding of apprenticeships and their benefits. So we’re understandably delighted to see that in Nottinghamshire, we have the highest proportion of apprentices in the country.
“This bodes well for the future life chances of these young people who will have significantly increased their skills, qualifications and employability,” added Coun Owen.
“As an employer ourselves, we’re also committed to reducing youth unemployment and providing opportunities for our young people to get ‘work ready’. In the last year alone, we have increased the numbers of apprentices we’re looking to employ here at the Council from 10 to almost 50.”
The figures also show that overall 88 per cent of young people across the county are involved in education and training which is comfortably ahead of the national and regional picture.