(L-R) Leah Turnbull, Kayla Turnbull at Starkold Engineering Ltd
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North East businesses’ big chance to secure skills

Employers are being encouraged to seize a big opportunity to secure future skills in their industry.

Northern Skills Group – the apprenticeship training arm of Middlesbrough College Group – says the timing is just right for employers to take advantage of grants and support to take on apprentices.

With learners leaving school this summer and talented young people entering the workforce – the time is now.

County Durham-based construction and logistics business Starkold Building Services is already reaping the rewards of its apprenticeships.

The firm was doubly delighted when twins Leah and Kayla Turnbull applied for the same job via Northern Skills Group’s recruitment service and impressed so much that two roles were created to accommodate both of them.

Darren Grooms, managing director at Starkold, said: “Taking on apprentices is hugely beneficial for businesses as you don’t have to go out and recruit someone who might not have the right skills for the role – you are getting someone who is keen, fresh and tailor-made for the company.

“Apprenticeships are perfect for young people looking to take their first steps on the career ladder and they provide them with a springboard to get into the industry. I’d strongly recommend them to other businesses in the area.

“We’ve always had a good relationship with Northern Skills Group, who have supported us with the recruitment and training of a number of apprentices throughout the years.”

Employers can claim £3,000 for apprentices who start before September 30, 2021 and if firms do not need to pay the Apprenticeship Levy, they only pay 5 per cent towards the cost of training and assessing apprentices, with the government covering the rest.

Rachel Fieldhouse, skills development manager at Northern Skills Group, said: “The team at Starkold know that they can come to us for apprentices who are workplace ready and can hit the ground running.

“This type of skill building - from the ground-up - can really benefit all parties as it adapts training to the needs of the business and builds loyalty with the young staff.

“We’re already helping many local businesses find the right apprentices through our free recruitment service. And with the funding opportunities available, now is a great time for employers to bring new talent into their business. Our team are always on hand to offer advice or support to any employers interested in finding out more.”

Middlesbrough College works with Northern Skills Group to deliver more than 100 types of programmes to around 2,700 apprentices across the North East and Yorkshire.

For more information visit: https://www.northernskills.co.uk/

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Northern Skills Group .

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