STEPS are being taken by councils in the region to help young people find jobs.
Members of Harrogate Borough Council have agreed to set aside cash to offer apprentice schemes with the local authority while Sheffield Council has supported an event set to help those aged 16-24 find work.
Coun Jim Clark, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “There has always been an interest and a commitment from our service managers for apprenticeships but funding has often been quoted as a barrier together with the council’s current pay policy for apprentices.
“To address this, a budget of £50,000 has been set up to support the council creating apprenticeships, which will include a number of administrative and trade crafts. And to address the issue over pay, we have also agreed to pay apprentices the age-related minimum wage.”
The scheme will be launched in January. Apprenticeships with Harrogate Borough Council will be advertised on the council’s website www.harrogate.gov.uk and with the National Apprenticeship Service.
Sheffield Council helped over a hundred 16-24 year-olds to get a step closer to finding jobs, apprenticeships and specialist training opportunities at an event last week.
Working with a number of partners the council played host to the #ShefJobs fair at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.
It was targeted at unemployed 16–24 year-olds in Sheffield, and saw a range of employers, apprenticeship providers and others come together to help those attending find out about vacancies and offer guidance. Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development said the event had: “helped these young people get a head start in their chosen career field.”