The new Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme introduced by the Tees Valley Combined Authority, allows businesses that employ fewer than 250 members of staff to access a grant of £2500 to recruit and train Apprentices between the ages of 16-24.
The aim of the grant is to support businesses that would not have previously been in a position to recruit an apprentice. The Tees Valley Combined Authority hopes that this new scheme will create up to 700 new apprentices across Teesside.
Middlesbrough College, which has recently acquired the training arm of the North East Chamber of Commerce, currently delivers around 2,000 apprentices in the Tees Valley supporting technical, professional and service industries.
Its team of experienced Business Advisors are on hand to support employers throughout the process, from identifying a vacancy, to advertising and shortlisting suitable candidates.
Director of employer engagement Carol Jordan welcomed the new scheme, she said: “This funding is critical in helping small, local businesses develop a sustainable workforce for the future.
“We regularly recruit and source skilled students onto apprenticeship frameworks as a natural continuation from their studies, meaning that employers can rest assured that their new recruits will deliver immediate benefits to their business.”
Middlesbrough College has invested £20m in the last three years in the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) training facilities to ensure it is at the forefront of apprenticeship training in areas which include engineering, manufacturing, welding, process, warehousing and much more.
The AGE scheme offers core grants to businesses of £2500, with additional incentives of £1000 being made available for traineeships and higher apprenticeships (Level 4 NVQs and above).
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