Worcester City Council has relaunched its Apprenticeship grant scheme in response to employer demand for higher level apprenticeships and to support the independent retail, hospitality and creative and cultural sectors that are driving the City’s increasing reputation as a world class destination.
Instead of a flat rate grant of £1,000 employers can now claim up to £2,000 in recognition of the additional costs of apprenticeship training at Level 3 and above. The new grant awards are –
- £1,000 for an Intermediate Apprentice
- £1,500 for an Advanced Apprentice
- £2,000 for a Higher and Degree Apprentice
The new scheme also widens sector eligibility to support the City’s growth plans. The City’s digital economy is booming with over 50% of Apprenticeship grants being awarded to this sector over the past two years, its growing independent retail sector has been instrumental in retaining High Street footfall whilst other areas have seen decline, and the Creative and Cultural sector is now a key priority driven by the The Arches – Worcester project which has been awarded £3M Cultural Development Fund to transform Worcester’s railway arches into a new cultural destination for the City, providing a hub for business and creative skills development.
Businesses in any of the following sectors can now apply for a grant when they are recruiting a 16 – 24 age apprentice for the first time, or the first time in twelve months.
- Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure
- Retail – Destination and/or Independent
- Creative and Cultural
- Construction and Property Services
- Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
- Professional Services e.g. recruitment, legal, accountancy
The scheme continues to be delivered in partnership with Worcestershire Apprenticeships who make apprenticeships easy for small and medium-sized businesses across the Worcestershire area providing an impartial referral service to the right training provider who will help you to recruit and develop your apprentice or upskill an existing employee through an Apprenticeship.
To find out more on the Worcester Apprenticeship website.