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£150k fund to help young people to find employment
9:10am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A FUND of up to £150,000 to help young people in Ryedale to find jobs has been agreed by councillors.
Ryedale District Council has also approved providing funding for 13 companies in different sectors, which will allow 25 new apprentice posts in the district to be created, while the authority is to help to pay for new equipment at Derwent Training Association to support 30 new engineering apprentices.
The council has recently taken on eight apprentices at its offices and its Showfield Lane depot, with money for the initiatives coming from the Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme.
The apprenticeship schemes are aimed at recent college or school-leavers or young people who have found themselves unemployed.
They provide opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds and provide NVQ and other qualifications as well as workplace experience.
Council leader Linda Cowling said: “We were oversubscribed with applications from local businesses and were faced with some difficult decisions.
‘‘But we have chosen to invest in as many opportunities as we could, which will hopefully give the young people a positive start to their working life.”
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