NINE leading organisations have shown their commitment to providing jobs and training by signing One Barnsley’s apprenticeship pledge.

They're aiming to create 500 new apprenticeship positions by April next year.

Organisations that have already signed include Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Barnsley Council, South Yorkshire Police, Jobcentre Plus, Barnsley Premier Leisure, Koyo Bearings, Stagecoach Bus and Barnsley College.

Colin Booth, Barnsley College's principal, said, “We anticipate that more employers will sign over the next couple of weeks. Employers that sign the pledge are demonstrating their commitment to providing excellent apprenticeship opportunities within their business and their support must be commended."