THE Lancaster Guardian today launches a major campaign to tackle the scourge of unemployment.
We have joined forces with Lancaster & Morecambe College to highlight the opportunities for businesses to take on new apprentices.
The 100 in 100 initiative has a target of creating 100 jobs in 100 days. If successful it will help scores of people to make a new start in their working lives and also cut the district’s jobless tally.
Figures for September showed that 2,909 people in the Lancaster district were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, of whom 935 were aged 18 to 24.
Companies could be eligible for a £2,000 grant if they meet the criteria, but those which do not can still take part in the scheme and reap its rewards.
The apprenticeship training programme, open to anyone aged 16 and over, is being offered free of charge by the college and is part of a Government drive to increase the number of apprenticeships in the UK by 200,000 per year.
See the Lancaster Guardian (20-10-11) for full story.