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Should more be done to help local firms take on apprentices?

HUNDREDS of businesses have had their say about employment issues in response to a letter from Mayor Stuart Drummond.

The town’s elected leader wrote to every business in town in November to ask what it would take to employ one more person or apprentice.

He said figures show there are about 2,500 established businesses in town, the vast majority of which employ 10 or less people.

Mayor Drummond said that if each business took on one more person, the unemployment figures could be slashed, but acknowledged that would be “very difficult” in the current economic climate.

Latest figures released last week showed the number of working age people in Hartlepool claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance had soared from 4,267 in November, to 4,451 last month.

Today we ask: Should more be done to help local firms take on apprentices?