Unemployment rate among the young hits 18% in east region

JOB CENTRE'A man walks past the Job Centre Plus shop in central Portsmouth, Hampshire on the day the latest job figures are announced. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 11, 2009. Unemployment increased by 146,000 to 1.97 million between October and December, official figures showed today. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire

JOB CENTRE'A man walks past the Job Centre Plus shop in central Portsmouth, Hampshire on the day the latest job figures are announced. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 11, 2009. Unemployment increased by 146,000 to 1.97 million between October and December, official figures showed today. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire

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Joblessness among the 16-24 age group in the east of England, which includes Dacorum, has hit a staggering 18 per cent.

But online learning provider learndirect says it has 18 vacancies for apprentices from employers on offer which it says is a “positive sign” for the local economy.

Employers including firms Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted are looking to fill roles in sectors including customer services, retail and health and social care.

Tracy Beesley, regional sales manager at learndirect said: “Apprenticeships provide a fantastic way to earn money, gain valuable work experience and come away with qualifications which provide a foundation for a great career. What’s more, there is a huge range of jobs in a variety of sectors available, meaning there is something for most young people.

“Having 18 apprenticeship vacancies to fill is a positive sign for the local economy in Hertfordshire.”

Anyone interested in finding out more, should contact learndirect on 01442 275 338 or visit www.apprenticeships.org.co.uk