Another 100 young people will be helped onto the career ladder in Sheffield following the huge success of an apprenticeship scheme.
Sheffield City Council has announced it will spend another £500,000 supporting people into work after 100 young people signed up to the project the first time round.
The 100 Apprenticeship Scheme has been hailed a huge success after matching 100 young people with local businesses.
The council helps companies to employ the young people by subsidising their salary for the duration of their apprenticeship.
Ezra Wells, 16, of Wisewood, was the 100th apprentice to join the scheme and is now working at Dearneside Fabrications, an architectural metalwork company based in Neepsend, where he is learning to be a draughtsman.
Ezra said: “I wouldn’t expect for me, being this age, to have found such a good place and such a good career. I’m going to make sure I work with no distractions, knuckle down on my studies, attend college, and make a go of this opportunity.”
Sheffield City Council Leader Julie Dore said: “We have made a commitment to take action to support employment opportunities for young people, earmarking another £500,000 for the apprenticeship programme to match the investment already made in the last year. The programme will target those young people who are registered as being unemployed or not in education or training.
“I would like to encourage all businesses in the city to get involved and support our young people, to help equip them for entering into the jobs market.”