Rise to 1,700 youngsters taking on apprenticeships in North Lincolnshire to learn job skills
THERE has been a surge in the number of people taking on apprenticeships in North Lincolnshire, new figures show.
Statistics released by further education information source The Data Service show 1,700 people started an apprenticeship in North Lincolnshire in the 2011-12 academic year.
This represented a jump of 11.8 per cent from the 1,520 who began one the previous year.
The number has grown in five of the past six academic years from the 630 who started apprenticeships in 2005-06.
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Apprenticeships form a part of the Telegraph's Your Life, Your Future campaign.
The initiative was launched with partners such as North Lincolnshire Council in a bid to raise aspirations and increase employment opportunities in the region.
The council has created 40 apprenticeships since April last year, with 62 more positions to start in 2013.
Of these, 32 will be within the council itself and the other 30 will be in the private sector.
Josh Smith, 18, started an apprenticeship with the council in April and is now employed as a full-time human resources assistant there.
He said: "I didn't know what to expect and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do but I enjoyed it and learned a lot from it."
Josh, of Scunthorpe, said he would encourage other people to take up apprenticeships.
He said: "It is a good starting point, it gets you a qualification and it starts you off into working."
Chris Holtby, 19, of Scunthorpe, is an apprentice business administration assistant with the council.
He said: "It has been really enjoyable and a first class experience.
"Hopefully, this will give me a springboard to get a full-time job in the council."
Councillor Liz Redfern, leader of the council, said she was pleased to see apprenticeship figures increasing.
"As a council, we are working very hard to make sure this can happen," she said.
"The council has been working closely with the Telegraph to promote the apprenticeship scheme.
"This includes £300,000 being set aside to work with employers and provide apprenticeship opportunities within the council.
"This is providing excellent opportunities for our young people, which is critical for their future."