New employer support measures launched by NAS

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) has announced the introduction of a range of new measures to help out employers looking to take on apprentices.

The news follows yesterday’s announcement of the extension of the £1500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16-24 year olds for another year.  The grant is designed to help businesses with less than 1000 employees to recruit apprentices, and has so far enabled over 30,000 young people to start an Apprenticeship.

Two new films aimed at guiding employers through the process of recruiting an apprentice have also been launched on, entitled ‘How to hire an apprentice’ and ‘Why hire an apprentice’.

Further developments include the appointment of Jason Holt as an Apprenticeship Ambassador for smaller businesses, the ‘Find an Apprenticeship Training Organisation’ online search tool for employers, with new provider data to allow employers of all sizes to easily find a local Apprenticeship training provider, and the launching of the beta (test version) of Av Live a new, official, online tool which shows automatically updated Apprenticeship vacancies, meaning partners and media outlets can easily spread the word about employer’s vacancies.

Commenting on the news, David Way, Executive Director at the National Apprenticeship Service, said: “The resources we’re announcing today provide employers with all the information they need in order to hire an apprentice, in an easy to digest format.  The film highlights how simple the process can be and the launch of Av Live means employer vacancies will now reach more potential apprentices – at no cost to the employer.  We hope all of this additional help will encourage more employers to hire an apprentice and realise how Apprenticeships can deliver for their business.”