“Apprenticeships can be a great investment for your company.”

Why will it work

Employers have given positive feedback

The GBP1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) of 16 to 24 year olds, originally put forward in February 2012, has been extended for another year in the hope that more employers will see the benefits of the apprenticeship pathway.

Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service, David Way, said: “We know that many businesses believe Apprenticeships deliver the skills needed in order to grow so we are delighted that AGE 16-24 has been positively received by employers for helping them to do just that. There has never been a better time to recruit an apprentice, so I hope more organisations will look at how they can benefit from this grant over the coming 12 months and reap the rewards of a more motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.”

An advocate of the apprenticeship scheme is Matthew Boyer, the owner of Boyer’s Body Centre in Cromer who was one of the first to take on an apprentice, Myles Couzens. He speaks of the benefits it has made to his business: “Myles has been a great help – not only can he manage the general duties that stop me having to pull a fully qualified man off his job, I am able to train him up, get him on to different jobs, and grow him in our own mould. Apprentices can be a great investment for your company – the grant provides support for small companies like mine so that we don’t miss out on all that Apprenticeships can offer.”