Success in Somerset employment drive

A TOTAL of 145 apprenticeships and 123 work experience placements have been created by businesses in Somerset since a campaign against unemployment began in October.

More than 150 employers pledged their support during the Get Somerset Working initiative by developing a partnership with Somerset County Council, colleagues and Somerset Employment and Skills Board.

Latest council figures suggest youth unemployment is at 4.7 per cent, making these 268 opportunities a positive step to increasing the number of people in work.

Councillor David Hall, cabinet member for economic development, said: “This news is a great boost for the Somerset economy and particularly for young people looking to start a career.

“It proves that local businesses are still prepared to invest in future workforces during tough economic times.

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“Opportunities have been created in a variety of sectors including education, leisure and tourism, skilled trades and environmental services.”

Graham Knight from the Get Somerset Working partnership said: “We set out to work with 100 Somerset employers that had not employed an apprentice or offered work experience in the past 18 months.

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“In just 100 days, 151 employers have pledged their support and ended up creating more than 260 opportunities, which is a truly fantastic effort.”

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