Barnet Council has launched a new scheme aimed at increasing the number of apprenticeships on offer.
The scheme, The Apprenticeship Employer Engagement project, is part of a London Councils initiative funded by the National Apprenticeship Service. Barnet is one of seven London boroughs chosen to take part in the scheme encouraging employers to increase the number of apprenticeships available in the borough.
It will sit alongside the council’s £1 million Platforms programme which gives young people aged 16-24 not in employment, education or training a helping hand as they enter the world of work.
Since its launch in June 2012 Platforms has created more than 20 apprenticeships and 40 internships. The most successful elements of the programme have now been extended.
Council Leader, Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “We know our Platforms programme has been successful in helping support young people into work, but the more we can do the better.
“The number of apprenticeships available has gone up over recent years, but of those fewer are on offer for young people under 19.
“This scheme aims to reverse that trend and create 80 new apprenticeships by February 2014.”