Cash incentive for firms to take on apprentices

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HIGH Peak businesses taking on young apprentices have been urged to apply for two new grants.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16 to 24-year-olds (AGE 16-24 Grant) is a national scheme paying up to £1,500 to any business with under 250 employees that has not had an apprentice in three years and takes one on under the age of 25.

The funding goes straight to the business and is on top of the subsidy paid for the learning or training provided.

Ian Huddlestone, executive councillor for regeneration at High Peak Borough Council, said: “As many local people know first hand, it’s a difficult time for young people trying to find work and for employers who might like to expand but are worried about the cost of taking on extra staff.

“The AGE 16 -24 Grant will give young people a chance to develop and will help local firms grow and be more productive.”

To find out more about the grant, visit the borough council’s business pages at www.highpeak.gov.uk/business, contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600 or visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Employers.

Derbyshire County Council is also giving grants of up to £2,500 to Derbyshire businesses awarding an apprenticeship to a 16 or 17-year-old resident who is neither working nor at school or college.

To find out more, call grant administrator Tracy Hogan on 01246 500500, extension 4291.