Northumberland County Council is set to launch a recruitment drive for 160 apprentices.
Its £1.75 million investment has secured future placements across the organisation, in schools and with local employers.
The programme will grow leading up to 2020, with recruitment starting this month. The apprenticeships on offer will range from entry level to masters level,
Those who sign up will be supported by apprenticeship co-ordinators, who will provide mentoring and advice to assist them through the learning process.
County council chief executive Steven Mason said: “Apprenticeships are incredibly valuable to the council and also to businesses in Northumberland.
“We are about to start a recruitment drive this month for 160 new apprentices – with the commitment that by 2020 we will be supporting up to 400.
“Apprenticeships are an excellent option for many people.
“We are delighted to be able to work with our many partners in supporting school leavers to find an apprenticeship which will stand them in good stead in the future.
“They aren’t just for young people though. They are also for adults who may be out of work or looking for a change in career.
“Not only do apprentices gain valuable workplace experience, the council also offers further education and employment to many of the young people on the programme.”
For information about apprenticeships with Northumberland County Council, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Learning/Apprentice.aspx