Hundreds of apprentices find work
The city has welcomed almost 500 apprentices to its workforce in the past year.
According to figures released by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Bath has seen 480 16 to 24-year-olds start paid employment through apprenticeship schemes.
Nationally the number of young people who started apprenticeship schemes in the last academic year was 502,500, up from 457,200 the previous year.
Bath and North East Somerset Council was recently named as one of the region's best employers for its training and apprenticeship schemes.
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The authority's Waste Services operational teams were highly commended at the National Apprenticeship Awards and National Training Awards 2012.
In Wiltshire more than 70 businesses have shown interest in taking on an apprentice as part of Wiltshire Council's campaign to create 1,000 additional apprenticeships by July 2013.
Fleur de Rhe Philipe, cabinet member for economy, said Wiltshire employers had stepped up to the plate to develop apprenticeships.
She said: "Apprenticeships are key to economic growth and with the cash incentives on offer for eligible businesses and support from the Wiltshire Apprenticeships Campaign partners, we see this as a win-win situation for our businesses."
The apprenticeship success comes as national unemployment figures show the number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work has fallen by 62,000 to 957,000.
However, the total number of unemployed still stands at 2.53 million, which means youth unemployment now accounts for more than a third of those out of work.
Don Foster, MP for Bath and minister for communities, said getting young people into work was a priority for the Government and that since the Coalition came to power the number of apprentices had increased by 66 per cent.
In an attempt to get employers to take on apprentices the Government has introduced a number of initiatives including a £1,500 incentive payment, making it easier to advertise for an apprentice.
Mr Foster said: "For us to be successful, people need the skills and experience to take advantage of new jobs being created in our area. Apprenticeships are a huge part of that.
"Apprenticeships make companies more productive and give young people the experience and skills they need.
"The record rise in learners taking them up last year is great news for Bath and the economy as a whole."
This month the Government also introduced the £1 billion Youth Contract which it is hoped will provide at least 410,000 new work places for 18 to 24-year-olds over the next three years.