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Councils to fund small business apprenticeships

Released: Friday, 12 April 2019

Apprenticeships were today given a boost after Adur & Worthing Councils launched a scheme to fund more posts.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) could have the opportunity to have an apprentice funded by the Councils in a bid to support the numbers available.

The Councils pay more than £85,000 a year into a government apprentice levy scheme to fund the authorities' own schemes and having now created 11 apprenticeship posts it is opening the process up to private businesses.

Successful SME applicants will have an apprenticeship funded for the duration of the individual scheme.

A spokesman for the Councils said:

“We are aware that many SMEs while fully supporting the apprenticeship scheme sometimes find difficulties funding posts.”

“So we have decided that with a number of apprenticeships currently underway within the Councils we should set aside some of our levy money to help create apprenticeships in what is a vital sector of our local economy.”

Apprentices within Councils are currently studying a variety of courses ranging from management to accountancy, social media to customer services, horticulture to surveying.

When assessing applications Councils will take particular note of evidence of a company's involvement in partnership networks such as the Chamber of Commerce or Federation of Small Businesses. Sectors including care, manufacturing, engineering, hospitality, creative and digital are especially welcome. Of course companies will also have to demonstrate a real understanding of the value of apprenticeships and a willingness to encourage the personal development of their candidate.

Deadline for applications is 17th May 2019.

Application forms can be found here:

(PR19-066)

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