Kirklees Council launch a new Apprenticeship Grant to help firms take on young apprentices
Earlier this week the Chamber were represented at the Kirklees Council ‘Get With Apprenticeships’ event at the Galpharm Stadium. This marked the launch of the ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ and attendees included ourselves, local businesses, the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and learning providers from the region. Rixonway Kitchens, who have been named Apprenticeship Ambassadors for the region by NAS, spoke of their own extensive experience in taking on apprentices, and provided some very positive insights into the benefits this has brought to their organisation.
Attendees at the event were pleased to hear Kirklees Council announce that they are funding a new incentive to encourage businesses to take on apprentices. For fifty companies in Kirklees a £1,500 grant will be available to be put towards the cost of employment of a young apprentice.
Mid Yorkshire Chamber strongly supports apprenticeships and welcomes this new initiative which we hope could make the difference for some companies who may be considering taking on an Apprentice.
Please see below the details of the Kirklees Scheme.
The Apprenticeship Incentive scheme is open to all businesses in Kirklees with 250 employees or less. The grant must be used to fund a new apprenticeship and the apprentice must be aged between 16 and 24 and be a Kirklees resident. There is a limit of one grant per business.
Funds can be accessed until 31st March 2012, or until all 50 places are filled.
Businesses will need to give their apprentice time off to train and the apprentice must be enrolled on a full apprenticeship framework learning aim. Businesses will also need to agree to take part in ongoing evaluation of the project.
Management of the scheme
The National Apprenticeship Service are managing the scheme, they will allocate the grants to learning providers after they demonstrate businesses/individuals meet the agreed eligibility criteria. Kirklees Council will pay the funds direct to providers.
How to apply
Before you apply for the scheme you need to have identified an opportunity and a relevant learning provider. If you are already working with a learning provider or have one in mind then you can apply for the scheme direct with them and submit your application to the National Apprenticeship Service. If this is the first time you have taken on an apprentice, the National Apprenticeship Service will be able to give you advice and guidance on your needs and help you to find a suitable learning provider. Learning providers deliver the part of the apprenticeship training which isn’t ‘on the job’, different ones specialise in different sector areas. Request the forms needed for application by contacting the National Apprenticeship Service, call Amrez Bhatti Employer Account Manager on 01274 444125 or email firstname.lastname@example.org