Events to offer businesses apprenticeship advice

Businesses in Kent are to hear about the money and support available for hiring apprentices at two designated events.

The first will be held on January 30th from 12pm to 2pm at Bike Tart, Barham Business Park, Canterbury, and the second will be held on February 30th at the same time at Medway Innovation Centre, Maidstone Road, Rochester.

Lesley Lindsay-Watson, Director of Biketart, said: “We hired our first apprentice two and a half years ago and we heartily recommend it. Our apprentice is a huge asset to our company having grown with it. We’ve just taken on a new young person and look forward to seeing him flourish and develop his skills in the same way. We’re looking forward to sharing our experience with other small business owners on 30th January.”

David Milham, FSB Kent and Medway Project Lead for Education and Skills, said: “As a business owner myself, I know it can be expensive and time consuming finding the right member of staff. The events on 30th January and 20th February will give business owners the chance to hear from an employer of apprentices, as well as from the National Apprenticeship Service on the support, advice and money available to SMEs.”

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, said: “Apprenticeships can provide a fantastic opportunity for young people to get on in life, gain meaningful skills and employment, and can raise the productivity of the businesses they join. In Canterbury, we have had 1,070 new apprenticeships start since 2012, many of whom have joined small businesses. We must however keep up this momentum. Our target is to have 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and end youth unemployment. The Federation of Small Businesses events really help us push towards that figure.”

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