Challenge to give 500 youngsters a start in new job

Up to 500 hard working young people could be hearing the phrase “You’re Hired” this summer.

East Sussex County Council and its partners have set themselves a challenge to find 500 businesses able to offer apprenticeships to young people and strengthen the county’s workforce in the process.

The authority is teaming up with the National Apprenticeship Service, the five district and borough councils, colleges and training providers, the Alliance of Chambers East Sussex, the of Federation of Small Businesses, the Youth Employability Service and Apprenticeships in Sussex to call for willing businesses to come forward over five months.

The campaign kicks off on Monday, March 9 – the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week.

Representatives from businesses across the five district and boroughs will be able to meet others in the business community, apprentices and apprenticeship training providers and hear how taking on an apprentice can benefit their company.

To find out more call the National Apprenticeship Service on 0800 015 0600 or visit