The countdown begins to recruit an apprentice

The 100 in 100 campaign, which runs from 1 September to 9 December, is a drive to create job opportunities for young people by giving them access to quality employment and related training.

It’s the third year the council has run the campaign after exceeding its target in 2013 and 2014.

Employers can pledge to recruit an apprentice by applying online, or by contacting the council’s apprenticeship team, which will also be on hand to provide practical support, information and advice to small companies setting up placements for the first time.

Financial support is available for small and medium sized employers that have less than 1000 staff and have not previously provided an apprenticeship. An Age 16-24 grant of up to £1,500 may be available from the government to help fund the placement.

Councillor Steve Hynes, cabinet member for prosperity, skills and employment, said: “After the great success of the last two years in getting businesses to pledge to create new apprenticeships, I’m delighted that we’re once again running the 100 in 100 campaign.

“Not only do apprenticeships provide a wonderful training opportunity for young people, giving them a structured route into a career, they also bring enormous benefits to the businesses involved.”

Employers who would like to offer an apprenticeship to a 16-24 year old should fill out the form or call 020 8825 6234.