More than 15,000 people have started apprenticeships in Wigan Borough over the past seven years – the second highest take up in Greater Manchester.
As part of this, Wigan Council has helped more than 200 businesses access apprentices and supported over 200 apprentices within its organisation since 2012.
Cllr Paul Kenny said, “These figures should be celebrated as apprenticeships are making a real difference to the lives of so many young people, bringing opportunities for them to access work and gain qualifications at the same time.
“This is really good news not only for the local economy but also that of the wider Greater Manchester region, and we will be building on this work as part of our plans to boost employment and training as part of the Deal for the Future.”
The council has invested £3m into apprenticeship programmes since 2012. They include the council’s internal programme and the Business Apprenticeship Programme, which offers grants to local businesses to help them take on new apprentices.
A further £1m was pledged for the Confident Futures scheme, which provides young people not in employment, education or training (NEETS) with work experience and classroom learning over a six week period, followed by work placement opportunities and further learning through traineeships or apprenticeships.
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