Local authority commits £20,000 to help recruit more apprentices

Chorely Council has extended its partnership with Runshaw Business Centre by committing £20,000 to the fund that helps local firms hire new apprentices.

The employment support initiative launched two years ago and has so far supported 75 apprentices and 56 Chorley businesses.

The fund received £45,000 when it first launched in May 2013, and was used to support companies that want to hire apprentices.

“We are pleased to continue this successful partnership we have with Runshaw College because getting people into work is vital for a strong local economy and that continues to be one of our main priorities,” said Councillor Alistair Bradley, Chorley Council leader.

The additional £20,000 will also be used to help companies overcome the financial obstacles that prevent them from recruiting new apprentices.

The initiative, which runs until the end of 2017, allows businesses to buy materials such as computers and resource books, which are conducive to apprentice learning in the workplace.

“The scheme has been important in ensuring that businesses have the skills they need to create a sustainable future, particularly for those smaller firms that may not be in a financial position to invest,” said Adrian Roscoe, business centre manager at Runshaw College.