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AN apprentice project has helped more than 75 young people on the first step of their careers just four months after its launch.

County Durham Apprenticeship Programme, run by Durham County Council, aims to support 150 16 to 24-year-olds into work.

It part-funds two-year trainee places with small and medium companies to help them expand their workforce.

The new starter is given a wage, training, work experience and the chance to take further qualifications.

The scheme is funded by the council and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Councillor Neil Foster, said: “So far more than 75 young men and woman in County Durham have a new and exciting career to look forward to and the scheme has attracted interest from hundreds of companies.

“I am sure it won’t be long until we reach our goal of creating 150 apprenticeships.”

Companies who want more details about the programme can call the council’s employability team on 03000 262 009.