Berkshire

Young apprentice numbers double in Reading

The number of 16 to 18-year-olds starting apprenticeships in Reading has more than doubled in the past year.

Reading Borough Council said 267 young people began training between July and November compared with 124 in the same period in 2009 - an increase of 115.3%.

National Apprenticeship Service figures show the increase is the highest of 19 councils in the South East region.

Brighton and Hove had the second biggest percentage increase from 104 to 150 - an increase of 44.2%.

Reading Borough Council says the increase is a result of its work with organisations to create more apprenticeships.

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