Five skills centres have opened their doors to help young people into work and another six are set to launch.

The centres are part of Surrey County Council’s push to combat the number of young people not in education, employment or training (Neet).

The drive comes after colleges and training firms were given the opportunity by the council to run vocational classes from its youth centres.

The centres will help youngsters get the basic skills they need to find work, secure a further education place or fill an apprenticeship.

Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for community safety, said: “By pulling together with other organisations through these skill centres, we can help get young people on the career ladder and in turn improve Surrey’s economy.

“Five are already up and running and six more will open in the coming months to create a network across Surrey.”

Surrey has one of the lowest numbers of young people considered Neet in the country with four in a hundred being classed as such. The national average is nearly six in 100.