Jobs drive hailed a success

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MORE than 1,200 apprenticeships have been created in the North East with the help of a new campaign.

The Apprenticeship Challenge, which aims to get more businesses and organisations to sign up apprentices, was launched just nine weeks ago.

But the campaign, organised by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) in association with the North East Chamber of Commerce, has so far seen 1,250 apprenticeships created.

The campaign aims to help companies in the region to take on more staff and increase their skills base as well as to help to get the jobless back into work.

Hailing the drive a success, Alan Wallace, head of employer accounts for the NAS, said: “Apprenticeships have helped to launch the careers of thousands of young people in the North East and offer real opportunities for progression.”