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A support service will form part of the campaign to assist SME’s in appointing a training provider; advertising the apprenticeship opportunities and a candidate pre-screening service will be provided, along with pre-employment training to give the young people industry experience before they start work.
As well as the campaign’s support service, financial support is also available through the National Apprenticeship Service AGE Grant. A £1,500 grant is available to employers of apprentice’s aged 16-to 24 if they have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months. This funding can be claimed for up to ten apprentices by those that employ up to 1,000 employees.
The campaign delivery will be supported by a network of partners including the local colleges, private training providers, Newark Business Club, Jobcentre Plus and the district’s secondary schools.
The council’s leader and cabinet member for strategy and prosperity, Cllr Roger Blaney, said: “Employing an apprentice creates a lot of benefits for a business. Apprenticeships enable you to fill skills gaps within your workforce, develop specialist skills requirements and grow future leaders – creating a motivated and qualified workforce, as well as increasing a business’s productivity and competitive capabilities.
“The council itself has in the last few years taken on several apprentices who have enriched the authority’s workforce, offering a young and fresh perspective on things, while offering enthusiastic young people and opportunity to earn a wage while learning and gaining qualifications. Some have either gone on to gain full-time employment with the council or used their experiences to secure work elsewhere.”
The campaign will be launched to the business community at a breakfast meeting on Wednesday 13 February, 7.45am at Kelham Hall, Newark, NG23 5QX. Employers interested in taking on an apprentice will be able to hear first hand from businesses that have already employed an apprentice how they went about it and the benefits it has brought to their business. This breakfast meeting is free to attend, to book a place please call Julie Beresford on 01636 655277.
If you want to pledge an apprenticeship, to the campaign, please contact April Berry at the National Apprenticeship Service on 0115 872 6361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org