Portsmouth City Council has reaffirmed its commitment to apprenticeships as its Employment Committee endorsed plans to recruit more.
The council already employees 75 apprentices throughout the organisation in areas ranging from finance to social care, and will be looking to build on this further once the national apprenticeship levy is introduced with up to 140 apprentices set to be employed by 2019.
Cllr Donna Jones, Leader of the council and chair of the Employment Committee, said: "It is fantastic that the number of apprentices employed by the council has risen sharply in recent years but we still have potential to expand this and recruit more. The national apprenticeship levy gives us a great opportunity to help even more young people put the foundations in place for a successful career, as well as developing the skills of more experienced staff. It reinforces the council's commitment to ongoing education and I am looking forward to congratulating young people who have completed apprenticeships next week at the Portsmouth Guildhall during National Apprenticeship week."