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By Ian Dipple Friday 08 February 2013 Updated: 08/02 09:59
GRANTS are being made specifically available to help companies in Worcestershire take on apprentices.
A total of 100 apprenticeship grants each totalling £1,500 have been secured under a deal between Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire County Council, other organisations and the National Apprenticeship Service.
Small and medium sized employers with less than 1,000 workers can apply for the money to take on an apprentice aged between 16 and 24. It helps pay towards wage costs and on top of that the Government may also meet the cost of training in full or part.
The money is available until March 2014 and businesses can recruit up to ten apprentices each.
Apprentices provide employers with the opportunity to train workers to fill skills gaps while young people benefit from on the job training, qualifications and experience.
People have the chance to find out more about apprenticeships at a special showcase event on Wednesday (February 13) at The Abbey Stadium between 1pm and 7pm.
More than 40 exhibitors will be there including Jaguar Land Rover and Mazak, while there will also be the chance to talk to successful apprentices who have gone from strength-to-strength since learning their trades, as well as the opportunity to take part in mini activity sessions.
Students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 are being invited to attend.
Mike Ashton, chief executive of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and a former chemical plant operator apprentice, said: "The number of apprenticeships and apprentices is increasing year-on-year, which is both good for our businesses and for UK Ltd. The scheme also creates a workforce for the future."
Anyone aged between 16 and 19-years-old can book a free place by calling 0800 321322.
Employers can also find out more about the benefits and support on offer for employing apprentices at an event at Worcestershire Cricket Club on March 13.
To book a free place call 0300 123 1440, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.business-central.co.uk/events.
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