Dacorum Vision: Get an apprentice and get some council cash

Andrew Williams, leader of Dacorum Borough Council

Andrew Williams, leader of Dacorum Borough Council

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The eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week will take place from 9 to 13 March 2015 to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact that they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Apprenticeships help young people and adults develop skills, gain a real qualification and earn a wage in sustainable employment. The apprentice training programmes are industry led to ensure that the skills that are learned are all of immediate use and benefit to the business also allowing businesses to grow their own talent in the process.

Additional benefits include improvements in business performance and increase in staff retention. Currently, more than 100,000 employers in England offer Apprenticeships in 200,000 locations, covering over 170 industries and 1500 different job roles.

Dacorum Borough Council is offering a grant of £1,200 to businesses with less than 1,000 employees that employ a 16 – 24 year old Apprentice providing they haven’t had an Apprentice in the last 12 months. In addition, a business may be eligible for a government grant of £1,500 providing the business has less than 50 employees.

Facts in numbers

Over 80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.

81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.

92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.

Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.

For more info on taking advantage of an apprenticeship program, contact Lisa Devayya on 01442 228396 or email lisa.devayya@dacorum.gov.uk