The future of Tendring gathered at Clacton Town Hall to celebrate their successes over the past year.
The event was held as part of National Apprenticeship week (#NAW2017) to recognise and highlight the commitment and achievement of young people in the workplace across the District.
Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Career Track programme is currently working with around 70 learners undertaking administration, customer service, and management programmes at various levels.
There are also five apprentices attending other colleges studying horticulture, the sports and leisure industry and theatre technicianship.
And all those on apprenticeships or who have gained qualifications during the past 12 months were presented with certificates by TDC Vice-Chairman Mark Platt.
Cllr Platt praised all those attending for the hard work they have put in so far and encouraged them to keep it up as they progress into their careers.
"As I look round the room the future’s bright – the future’s Tendring," he said. "I congratulate you all on everything you have achieved."
There were also separate accolades for those who have made a significant contribution over the same period.
Career Track is one of the highest performing providers with a current success rate of 92 per cent. It provides work-based learning opportunities to 16 plus year olds who are employed by TDC or by other businesses across the District.
Funding for the apprenticeship programme – which also works with a small number of other providers - comes from Colchester Institute.
In 2015 Career Track started to deliver the Higher Apprenticeship Programme in Business and Professional Administration and has 20 members of staff undertaking what is the equivalent to a Foundation Degree level qualification.
TDC’s Work Based Learning Manager Debianne Messenger thanked all the employers, supervisors and her team for all their efforts.
"I am so proud to have a great team, whose support and efforts have been outstanding and their continued commitment is fantastic," she added.
Ian Davidson, TDC’s Chief Executive, said that it was great to see the Council grow its own staff and Career Track is the envy of many across Essex.
If any young person or employer wants further information on Career Track they should contact 01255 686311.