More young people to be helped to get work

A FURTHER 300 young people are to be helped into work through the £300,000 extension of a nationally-acclaimed Derbyshire County Council (DCC) apprenticeship drive.

Earlier this year the authority gave financial backing to help 200 small businesses across the county take on apprentices in its Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme.

The drive was such a success that every placement filled within six months.

The council’s cabinet has now agreed to extend it by pledging cash to support the creation of 300 apprenticeships for 16-24 year olds by the end of March 2013.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, DCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to announce the extension of the scheme, meaning another 300 young people will be given the opportunity to start out in a new career and develop skills our businesses value.”

DCC has joined forces with the National Apprenticeship Service to extend its AGE Grant Scheme.

Grants of £2,500 are available for employers to take on an apprentice, subject to certain criteria.

Initially the scheme will target businesses employing 16-18 year old apprentices, but can be extended to 19-24 year olds.

It will target businesses employing less than 250 employees, with the option to extend to businesses with up to 1,000 staff.

Businesses can apply for funding through the Derbyshire AGE Grants scheme from January.

For more information contact the National Apprenticeship Service Small Business Unit on 08000 150 600.

The scheme runs alongside DCC’s drive to create 500 apprenticeships in its own workforce over four years.