FORTY young people are getting the chance of an apprenticeship thanks to a grant of £43,800.
The West Suffolk Local Strategic Partnership has provided the funding, which is being matched by Suffolk County Council.
It targets young people from Bury St Edmunds, Brandon, Haverhill, Sudbury and rural areas who are not in education, employment or training.
The apprenticeships are as varied as equine studies, engineering, digital media and hairdressing. The project is jointly led by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and West Suffolk College.
John Griffiths, chairman of West Suffolk LSP, said: “Apprenticeships are an important option for young people as they offer the chance to gain valuable workplace experience while learning.”
It follows a pilot which ran between March 2009 and March 2010 for 35 young people.
West Suffolk College work-based learning manager Andrew Goodall said: “The pilot scheme was a great success and many of those who took part were either retained by their employer or able to get a permanent job elsewhere.”