Council urge businesses to take on apprentices

Politics / Tue 8th Apr 2014 at 11:00am

ESSEX County Council has pledged to support local business in high growth sectors by creating new or additional apprenticeship places – to encourage young people into work and to provide financial support for companies that are looking to recruit an apprentice.

Since 2009 the Essex County Council managed Essex Apprenticeship programme has supported 1556 employers to recruit 2745 young people into an apprenticeship. More funding is now available to help even more businesses to do the same.

The Essex Apprentice programme provides funding to businesses as an incentive to employ apprentices aged 16-24 in a variety of sectors.

Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, Cllr Kevin Bentley said: “We are committed to helping young people in Essex achieve their full potential through learning as well as supporting employers to generate wealth, jobs and opportunity.”

“Apprentices have a hugely positive impact on business and the local economy- and I would encourage anyone thinking about taking on an apprentice to contact us and take the leap.”

Businesses in the following areas are needed; Energy, Engineering, Science, Technology, Financial and Health & Social Care.

One of the many businesses to benefit from taking on an apprentice is Carmel Jane Photography. Business owner, Carmel Saulbrey said: “Having an apprentice has meant we have had the time and man-power to try some new marketing techniques which have really paid off. Our apprentice Lydia is continuing to bring new ideas around marketing and social media to the business.”

If you are interested in taking on an apprentice and to find out what support is available to you please email: [email protected] or take a look at www.essex.gov.uk/essexapprentice

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