Apprentices in Wirral helped by £1m investment pledge

Image caption The scheme will help create 146 apprenticeships

Nearly 150 new jobs will be created for young people in Wirral as the council is to invest an additional £1m into its apprenticeship scheme.

The council money, which could also be matched by the European Social Fund, will help employers to train young people with the skills they need.

The borough council said the next phase of the Wirral Apprentice Scheme would hopefully start in January.

Councillor Andrew Hodson said the council was committed to young people.

Deprived areas

He said: "We are determined to do all we can to help young people, especially those in our most deprived communities, to avoid a life on welfare and get into work.

"To be able to compete for a job, young people need to have the skills employers want.

"With this latest commitment to our young people, Wirral Council will have helped employers to create more than 300 apprenticeships."

The council said latest figures showed it had 1,023 young people not in education, employment or training and the borough's most deprived neighbourhoods had the UK's second-worst rate of people not working.

It is hoped the investment will help create 146 new apprenticeships.

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