Apprentice subsidy for businesses in Eden
Last updated at 09:34, Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Nineteen businesses have taken advantage of a wage subsidy from Eden Council to take on an apprentice.
The scheme is separate from the Government’s Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, which offers a £1,500 payment for recruiting an apprentice.
Eden provides grants of up to £2,000 towards wage costs and has £30,000 to distribute over the next year.
To be eligible, employers must be within Eden district and have under 250 staff.
The apprentice must be aged 16-24 and be paid at least the National Apprenticeship rate, £2.60 per hour, for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
Priority will be given to smaller firms and those which offer a good chance the apprentice will become a permanent employee once their apprenticeship is completed.
Those recruited so far range from an electrician to a zoo keeper. Paul Welsh, of Field View Electrical in Penrith, one of the employers to take advantage, said: “The scheme gave me the incentive I needed to take on an apprentice and it has proved to be a good move.”
Cumbria County Council runs the programme on behalf of Eden. Contact Caroline Powney on 01228 226752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First published at 09:29, Tuesday, 26 March 2013
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