Cash aid in push for apprentices

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COMPANY bosses could secure grants of £2,500 as part of a drive by Derbyshire County Council to create 700 apprenticeships over the next four years.

The council is working with Chesterfield College’s employer engagement and apprenticeship arm Learning Unlimited in a scheme to create 500 county council openings and 200 in private industry.

Businesses employing less than 50 staff can apply for an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers to employ a young person aged 16 or 17 not in education, employment or training.

Coun Kevin Parkinson said: “I’d urge businesses to give serious thought to the benefit of taking on an apprentice.”

A company employing an apprentice will work alongside Learning Unlimited assessors to provide on-the-job training towards nationally recognised qualifications.

n Information events take place at eight venues between January 30 and February 10. Contact administrator Tracy Hogan on 01246 500 500 ext 4291 or email 16and17@chesterfield.ac.uk