Apprenticeship scheme praise

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EFFORTS to create 700 apprenticeships have resulted in praise for Derbyshire County Council at a national conference.

The council is creating the placements over the next four years – 500 within the authority and 200 in private industry.

Coun Kevin Parkinson, council cabinet member for regeneration, was invited to make a presentation about Derbyshire’s success during The Future of Apprenticeships conference in Westminster.

He said: “Our scheme offers small businesses financial support to take on an apprentice and other councils are now looking to replicate it.”

Employers can find out information about the council’s scheme by calling Andy Williams on 01629 538243.