Grants to recruit apprentices

Small and medium sized businesses are being offered grants to help them recruit their first apprentice.

The National Apprenticeship Scheme will pay firms up to £1,500 to take on a trainee aged between 16 to 24.

Last year, 24,200 young people started an apprenticeship in the East Midlands and the Government is keen to boost the numbers. Karen Woodward, regional director at the National Apprenticeship Service, based at Meridian Business Park, Braunstone, said: “For a strong and growing economy we must have a high level of skills to meet employer demand and apprenticeships are a vital way of achieving this.

“The grant is designed to encourage employers who have identified funding as a barrier to recruiting an apprentice to now get involved, ultimately increasing the number and range of high quality apprenticeship opportunities available for young people.”

Small and medium-sized businesses (those employing less than 250 people) across all sectors that have not employed an apprentice in the last three years may be eligible for the grant. The grant is in addition to the training costs for an apprenticeship, which are met in full for 16 to 18-year-olds and 50 per cent for those who are aged 19 to 24.

For more information on the scheme call 08000 150 600.

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Paul Champion
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