Young people who have been given the chance to kickstart their careers with an apprenticeship will be celebrated at a special awards evening in Walsall next week.
Employers and learning providers will come together to be recognised for their support in helping almost 135 young people start Apprenticeships through the Council's multi-million pound Walsall Works scheme.
A further 183 young people have been helped to start a pre-apprenticeship course since the scheme was launched in April last year.
The Celebration Awards Evening on Tuesday 11 June 2013 will not only recognise the success of employers and young people already on the programme but also presents an opportunity for firms to come along and consider the advantages and opportunities of hiring an Apprentice in the workplace.
Walsall Works provides learning opportunities in a number of sectors, including manufacturing and engineering, construction, information technology, financial, professional and business services, health and social care and many more.
More than 160 employers have signed up as interested in the Walsall Works programme and have pledged to fund more than 304 new employment opportunities created over the coming year.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, Walsall Council's regeneration portfolio holder and deputy leader said the Walsall Works scheme is reaping dividends in the borough and urged local employers to take up the opportunity of recruiting an Apprentice in the workplace.
"Youth unemployment is a serious issue we face. Our young people are our future and our role as a council is to open the door for businesses to create sustainable jobs and opportunities," he said. We’re getting great feedback not just from employers but from young people themselves and this is an excellent opportunity all round."
Cllr Chris Towe, cabinet member for finance and personnel added: "It is only right that we celebrate the achievements of these apprentices and recognise the support from local employers and learning providers here in Walsall.
"I was delighted to see that the initiative we've launched is helping to reduce youth unemployment here in Walsall."
Businesses who would like to book their place for the Celebration Event on Tuesday 11 June 2013 can email email@example.com or call 01922 654353.
Young people who wish to find out more about starting an Apprenticeship are also welcomed to attend the event.