Sellafield grant scheme provides help for ‘tomorrow’s workforce’
Last updated at 16:30, Tuesday, 19 February 2013
AROUND 19,000 young people have been taken on as apprentices by smaller firms under a government grant scheme, new figures have shown.
At least 18,900 new places were taken up in England in the past year, with firms given £1,500 per apprenticeship.
The National Apprenticeship Service said around two-thirds of the grants were for under 19s.
Business secretary Vince Cable said: “Taking on an apprentice is a big decision for any company, especially small businesses.
“This £1,500 grant is a helping hand from the government, acknowledging the long-term commitment made by employers to help build a stronger economy by investing in skills.
“Last month we extended the scheme for another year and are now offering to grant £1,500 for up to 10 apprentices, instead of just one.
“I encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to take this opportunity and train up tomorrow’s workforce.”
First published at 16:08, Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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