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Employers urged to take advantage of new apprentice incentives

Employers are being offered financial incentives to develop their workforces by hiring apprentices.

North East businesses can take advantage of government payments for new apprentices hired from August 1, and what’s more – there’s an industry-leading apprenticeship delivery partner on the doorstep.

Northern Skills Group – apprenticeship arm of Middlesbrough College – not only provides high quality apprenticeship training programmes tailored to employers’ needs, but also runs a crucial free recruitment service that can benefit firms.

County Durham-based construction and logistics specialist Starkold found its ideal candidates in twins Leah and Kayla Turnbull.

The 18-year-olds had applied to the same job at Starkold via Northern Skills Group’s recruitment service and impressed so much that two jobs as financial trainees were created to accommodate both.

The pair are now learning vital financial skills spanning evaluations and accountancy through their ATT Accountancy course.

Darren Grooms, managing director at Starkold, said: “We’ve always had a good relationship with the Northern Skills Group, who have supported us with the recruitment and training of a number of apprentices throughout the years.

“I’m a huge advocate for apprenticeships as they can greatly benefit businesses and provide people with the skills they need to go out into the world of work. It’s important for more local businesses to get on board, as it helps shape the future of industry.”

So, what actually is the Government’s new funding scheme – and how can it help your business?

From August 1 the government will introduce a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over.

These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 already provided for new 16-18-year-old apprentices.

This means employers could receive up to £3,000 for hiring 16 to 18-year-old apprentices from August to January – a great way to give your business the edge.

Working with businesses to deliver a wide range of apprenticeships

Stephanie Coleman, executive director at Northern Skills Group, said: “The type of skill building that apprenticeships provide – from the ground-up – can really benefit all parties as it adapts training to the needs of the business and builds loyalty with the staff.

“We’re already helping many local businesses find the right apprentices through our free recruitment service. We’re on hand to offer advice or support to any businesses interested in finding out more.”

Middlesbrough College Group – including Northern Skills Group – now has an expanded technical apprenticeship offering through TTE, its internationally renowned training provider.

Overall the Group delivers more than 100 types of programmes to around 2,700 apprentices across the North East and Yorkshire.

Businesses interested in apprenticeships can call Northern Skills Group on 0345 340 4040.

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