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Small Businesses Can Grow With Apprentices

07.01.2013

Evolve Business Training is encouraging businesses across Northamptonshire to provide opportunities for young apprentices following announcement that the government has extended a £1,500 grant scheme to help small businesses take on young apprentices for a further year.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) for 16 to 24 year olds, which was launched last February, has also been increased to cover up to ten apprentices per company.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “I know it can be a big decision for busy small companies to take on an apprentice. Employers may be concerned about the time recruitment and training will take, and anxious about how it will work.

“So the £1500 grant is a token to acknowledge this and thank employers. I hope many more people will take us up on our cash incentive to grow their business, and train up the workforce of the future.”

Previously split over two payments, the AGE grant will now be paid in a single instalment. The incentive is available to businesses with up to 1,000 employees.

Rachel Kay, Managing Director for Evolve Business Training at Tresham College Of Further and Higher Education said: “Evolve launched the Tresham Pledge in November 2012 and this continued support through the extension of the AGE 16-24 will enable even more businesses to reap the rewards of offering apprenticeship training within their organisation.
Apprenticeships are an excellent way to ensure that the workforce of tomorrow is equipped to the same standard of today in all industries. Evolve staff work closely with each employer to assess their needs and find suitable apprentices to fulfil their goals.”

David Way, Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “We know that many businesses believe Apprenticeships deliver the skills needed in order to  grow so we are delighted that AGE 16-24 has been positively received by employers for helping them to do just that.”

“Apprenticeships come with a guarantee of quality, giving young people a job with training, and are proven to deliver a significant return on investment, so this really is a win-win initiative for employers. There has never been a better time to recruit an apprentice, so I hope more organisations will look at how they can benefit from this grant over the coming 12 months and reap the rewards of a more motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.”

For more information on Evolve Business Training and the opportunities it can offer businesses across Northamptonshire please visit www.evolve-tresham.co.uk, email evolve@tresham.ac.uk or call 01536 419570.

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