Businesses offered New Year reduction on apprentice fees

Cambridge Regional College is offering local businesses a New Year gift which could save them up to £1,100 when they take on an apprentice.

In a bid to encourage smaller businesses to take on apprentices, throughout January, CRC is reducing employer fees on apprenticeship programmes to just £150.

The offer is open to all businesses with less than 1,000 employees, and applies to apprentices aged 19 and over who are signed up to Level 2 and 3 apprenticeship programmes during January.

Angela Hughes, head of apprenticeship programmes at CRC, said: “The offer will save employers up to £1,100, so could make a real difference to whether or not a company takes on an apprentice. There are no fees for apprentices aged from 16 to 18, and now it will cost just £150 in fees for older apprentices signed up in January. Apprenticeships bring big benefits to business, as well as to apprentices, and we have a very wide range of programmes available, from accounting to carpentry. We can help companies find and recruit new apprentices and offer advice on any grants which might be available to you.”