Local businesses looking to take on an apprentice now have an extra boost thanks to a grant scheme from Bromsgrove and Redditch District Councils.
The Apprenticeship Grant scheme is open to businesses operating in Bromsgrove and Redditch and they can take on an apprentice of any age.
Priority will be given to applications from companies in manufacturing, digital/creative and IT, life and health sciences, construction, logistics’ leisure and tourism and the grant should be applied for before the apprentice has been appointed.
The grant can be used to support apprenticeship applications at any level, but priority will be given to Advanced levels 3 and 4.
Bromsgrove District Councillor Cllr Karen May, whose portfolio covers economic development, said: “We want our young residents to be able to find work and create a future in their hometown. This grant is to help companies meet the cost of taking on an apprentice, which then supports local people to find an apprenticeship to suit their career aspirations.
“Apprenticeships are a wonderful opportunity for both the employer and employee as the young person gets the opportunity to start a career in their chosen field, with specialist training provided. And in turn, the businesses will get the benefit of another valuable member of their workforce, trained to meet their business needs.”
Cllr Bill Hartnett, Leader of Redditch Borough Council said
“We are committed to, and have a good track record of, providing young people with opportunities that will support their future prospects and help them to meet their potential. This grant, which we hope will encourage more employers to create apprenticeships, is one of the ways that we are supporting young people to enter the world of work”.
Grants meeting the eligibility criteria are approved on a first come, first served basis subject to availability. Companies applying should be less than 250 employees and located in Redditch Borough or Bromsgrove District, employing no more than two apprentices. The apprentices themselves should also be resident in either area. The grant does not affect the business being able to apply for the National Age grant if eligible.
Further details are available from the North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration at www.nwedr.org.uk or call 08456 6015953. Alternatively, talk to Worcestershire Apprenticeships on 0300 666 3 666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.