A scheme that aims to create 50 apprenticeships and reward employers with a cash incentive of up to £2,500 has given out its first bursaries.
Eight businesses and organisations – ranging from play equipment manufacturers, construction and engineering firms to schools and garages – have taken on apprentices through the scheme, which started at the end of last year.
Furness College is leading the scheme for Furness Economic Development Forum’s “strengthening supply chains and transforming skills” programme, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF), which encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs
Small and medium sized firms with less than 250 employees who operate in supply chains across Furness out to Grange and Millom are eligible to apply.
Neil Mathers, of the Business Employment Support Team at Furness College, who is managing the project, said it was a great opportunity for employers and apprentices alike.
“We see this as a win-win for employers and new apprentices,” he said. “Hopefully it will encourage some businesses to take the step and recruit an apprentice while others can take on additional apprentices.”
He said there was a total of £125,000 in funding available for successful employers who can apply for the discretionary support to a Coastal Communities Fund Apprenticeship bursary of between £1,000 and £2,500.
Businesses who operate in supply chains in areas including electronics, manufacturing, marine, education and STEM topics are eligible to apply.
Successful applicants so far include Chris Ritchie Garage Services, Central Garage, Ramsden Infant School, Arbor Construction, Larkin Engineering Services, Playdale Playgrounds Limited, South Lakeland Mini Centre and St Pius X Catholic School.
To find out more, call Neil at Furness College on 01229 844829/01229 825017 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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