County apprentices settling in

THE first wave of recruits in a project to create 700 apprenticeships in Derbyshire are settling into their new placements.

Derbyshire County Council is creating the placements over the next four years - 500 within the authority and 200 in private industry.

Coun Simon Spencer, deputy council leader said: “We’re committed to giving young people the best possible start in life and these placements will help them to gain the skills needed for a successful career.

“Around 70 further positions will shortly be made available and I’d urge young people to register their interest so that we can keep them informed.”

The first wave of 32 apprentices have taken up their positions with the county council, working in customer services, business and administration and road working.

Details of further recruitment events for the next 70 apprenticeship placements to start in September will be announced in the next few weeks.

The council is working in partnership with Learning Unlimited, Chesterfield College’s commercial arm, to manage its four year scheme.

And the authority is also supporting local businesses to take on a young person through its Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) programme.

Businesses employing less than 50 people can apply for one of 200 grants of £2,500 to help take on a young person.

For information about opportunities contact Simon Gleadall on 01629 535850, email or visit