UP TO 1,000 young people will have the chance to work for Hampshire County Council.
Around one third of all job vacancies advertised by the council are to be offered as apprenticeships.
The authority has backed a scheme, that will start later this year, to expand the number of young apprentices within its workforce by up to 1,000 over the next five years.
Under the Hampshire Youth Investment Programme, up to 170 apprentices will be recruited each year.
Council leader Ken Thornber said: ‘There are many young people in Hampshire whose prospects are, to say the least, uncertain. Gone are the days when jobs were generally available when you left education.
‘Our apprentices will be the kind of people who want to get on in life, young people who are hard working, keen to learn, enthusiastic and show initiative.
‘This is an exciting programme that will help us to harness young talent.’
It is anticipated the first apprentices will be hired in the summer and will start in September.