Plans to expand N Lincs apprenticeship scheme

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COUNCIL chiefs are expected to give their backing to a scheme which has helped young job seekers from across the Isle to start work.

North Lincolnshire Council’s apprenticeship programme has seen 40 young people from across the area secure an apprenticeship since April 2012.

The project is now set to be extended from April to offer even more opportunities to work for the council in a number of roles.

North Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet was expected to give its support to the scheme at a meeting.

In a report to the cabinet, Peter Williams, director of places for North Lincolnshire Council, said backing the scheme would “allow the council to continue delivering apprenticeship opportunities.”

The report states that the first year of the council’s programme had been “highly successful” and attracted more than 370 applicants since April 2012.

A total of 40 of these secured an apprenticeship with the authority and more than half are now working.

Mr Williams added: ”Over 50 per cent of the April 2012 cohort are in full time work having completed their apprenticeship or have found full time work and are continuing with their qualification.”

The programme has also helped to see a 25 per cent reduction in the number of people across North Lincolnshire classed as NEET (Not in Education, Employment of Training).

The 2013 programme, due to start in April, will see an additional 30 apprenticeship opportunities created.

Don Stewart, chairman of Epworth Town Council, urged Isle job seekers to join the scheme.

He said: “This is a great way of helping people back into work and I would like to see young people across the Isle take advantage of it.

“Projects such as this in these economic times should always be supported.”