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NEET scheme to find new apprentices
Chorley Council has taken on the youngsters and is providing a further £110,000 for another eight at other employers in the borough.
The recruitment is intended to reduce the number of people between the ages of 16 to 24 and not in education, employment or training – known as NEETs.
The majority of apprentices will be working in office roles at the council with others will be with the teams that keep the borough clean and tidy.
Council leader Alistair Bradley said: “The council wants to get more people back into work, particularly the young, and that’s why we have made the pledge to double the number of apprentices the council funds.
“We need to attract more investment into the borough and the way to do this is to create new jobs and opportunities for local people and show that Chorley is one of the best places to do business in the North West.
“We’re keen to do our bit and we are urging other employers to look at the benefits of taking on young apprentices who are the future of our borough.”
The youngsters will be supported through Lancashire County Council’s future horizons scheme.
Coun Bradley added: “It’s an extremely difficult job market out there at the moment and we want to give the young people of Chorley the best possible to start to their career and prevent them becoming long term unemployed.”