Derby County Council extend apprenticeship scheme


300 new apprenticeships for young people in Derby

The Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme launched earlier this year, providing 200 small local businesses with the funds to employ apprentices. Within six months, all positions across the county were filled.

Due to its success, the Derbyshire County Council (DCC) has teamed up with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), investing a further GBP 300,000 into the apprenticeship drive. Businesses with fewer than 200 members of staff will be eligible to claim up to GBP 2,500. The aim is to create 300 additional positions for young people by March 2013. Funding applications will be accepted from January next year.

Counsellor Kevin Parkinson, DCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “I am delighted to announce the extension of the scheme, meaning another 300 young people will be given the opportunity to start out in a new career and develop skills our businesses value.”