Essex energy apprenticeship scheme announced

Up to 250 apprenticeships within the energy sector are to be created in Essex over the next three years.

The county council will offer companies a wage subsidy as part of its Essex Apprenticeship scheme.

The roles in the wind, oil, gas and nuclear energy sector will include IT, engineering and manufacturing jobs.

Earlier this year, councils in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex signed a deal to deliver a jobs and skills package in the energy industry.

Conservative county councillor Stephen Castle said: "By focusing on the energy industry we can ensure that young people are learning skills from which they can build solid careers."

The authority is now looking for potential businesses and apprentices to take part in the scheme.

Since it started in 2009, the Essex Apprenticeship programme has created 1,396 apprenticeships.

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