Apprenticeship grant in North Somerset

Apprenticeship grant in North Somerset

The National Apprenticeship Week (first week of February) celebrated the talents and skills of apprentices across England. It was a huge success in North Somerset as the Business Enterprise Centre at Weston College has experienced a significant increase in the number of people wanting to study an apprenticeship or take an apprentice on. Helen Booker, Head of Apprenticeships at the Business Enterprise Centre believes this is due to the new grant available, offering employers an easy way to take on young apprentices.                    

The new scheme allows employers to access a grant of up to £2500 when taking on a 16-17 year old apprentice immediately. The scheme is available on a first come first served basis until 31 March 2010.

Two successful apprentices from Weston College have recently gained full-time employment with local organisation Liberata.

Rosy Holt, aged 24, and Casey Yeates, aged 21, pictured above have both recently completed NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeships in Business Administration through Weston College’s Business Enterprise Centre - and both have now gained full-time positions as a result.

Anita Al-Zamily, Employer Liaison Officer at the Business Enterprise Centre, said: “Rosy and Casey are an excellent example of the benefits of studying an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships provide students with a nationally-recognised qualification, hands-on experience in the workplace and industry-relevant skills. They also gain life skills such as teamwork, good communication, problem-solving - and earn money at the same time!”

Rhona Hall, Benefits Team Leader at Liberata, praised the Business Enterprise Centre and said: “We contacted the Centre when we were looking for candidates to fill specific roles. They’ve provided us with some excellent, trainable candidates and we’ve built a very successful working relationship with them. We’re really proud of Casey and Rosy’s achievement!”

If you think you could offer an apprentice the chance to start their career, or for further information about the grant, please contact the Business Enterprise Centre on 01934 411 594 or visit www.weston.ac.uk.

Published 24 February 2010