Funding available to take on apprentices

Businesses can get help with the cost of taking on apprentices as part of a new £60,000 fund from Wychavon District Council.

Wychavon has joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to provide grants to help businesses expand their workforce, while providing employment opportunities for young people.

Grants ranging from £1,000 to £2,000 are available depending on the level of the apprenticeship being offered.

Companies in all sectors can apply but applications from engineering, manufacturing, IT/cyber, agriculture technologies and horticulture (Agri-tech), hospitality, construction and low carbon businesses will be given priority.

Grants must be applied for within 12 months of the apprenticeship starting. There is no limit on the number of grants a business can claim.

To qualify for a grant, businesses must provide an approved apprenticeship, be situated within the Wychavon district, and employ fewer than 250 people.

Low carbon sector applications will receive an extra £100 per grant as part of Wychavon's commitment to supporting a sustainable environment.

Cllr Richard Morris, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Tourism, said: "Taking on apprentices is a great way for businesses to address the skills gap and train their own skilled workforce. By offering these grants we can reduce the costs to businesses of employing apprentices and help young people who may be struggling to find jobs because of Covid-19.

"Apprenticeships are also a great way for young people to get on the job experience, a qualification and earn money at the same time."

For further information about the grants, visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/business/apprenticeships

To find out more about apprenticeships, visit https://worcsapprenticeships.org.uk/

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