Epsom breakfast launches drive for apprentices

Politicians and business leaders are to take part in an employers' breakfast aimed at boosting the number of apprenticeships in Surrey.

The event, on Tuesday, will launch the Surrey 200 Apprenticeship drive by the county council to fill 200 apprenticeships in 100 days.

Peter Van Den Broeck, Virgin Media's head of apprenticeships, will be among the speakers at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

The breakfast will begin a day of events for Surrey Youth Festival.

Young people

About 1,000 young people are expected to attend a jobs fair later in the day where more than 60 colleges, employers and volunteer organisations will be exhibiting.

The county council said Surrey had the second lowest number of young people not in education, training or employment (Neet) in the UK.

Fewer than four in a 100 young people are classed as Neets compared with the national average of more than six in 100.

But a spokesman said the council was not complacent and wanted to make sure every young person was working, training or learning by 2015.

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