Corby Council is the first local authority of its kind in the country to win national recognition for championing young people in the workplace and helping them on a career path.
It has been awarded the national Youth Friendly gold badge, created in 2012 by Corby-based not-for-profit organisation Youth Employment UK.
The badge is awarded to employers who must provide two youth-friendly activities a year, including mock interviews, career talks and work experience placements.
Laura-Jane Rawlings, the chief executive officer of the organisation, said hundreds of badges have been awarded to employers all over the country but that Corby is the first borough council to receive one.
Council leader, Cllr Tom Beattie, said: “It has been tough for many people across the country to find work and this is especially true for our young people. As a local authority we want to be able to help in any way we can to improve our young residents’ chances of employment and this is why we put time and resources into working with local schools and taking on apprentices.
“We are extremely proud to be the first local authority in England to be awarded with the Youth Friendly badge, especially to the highest standard. We hope that this encourages more businesses and organisations to look at what they could do to help our young people get into work and also become a Youth Friendly Badge holder themselves.”
Emily Mathers, 20, of Corby is an apprentice in the council’s landlord services department.
After leaving school she trained as hairdresser but decided that career wasn’t for her.
She was working in factory when she applied for an apprenticeship with Corby Council.
When Emily completes her three-year apprenticeship she hopes to be a housing officer.
She said: “This is great opportunity for me and I’m really enjoying it. I enjoy all the aspects of my work and training.”