Leeds city Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new initiative that allows employers to receive up to £2000 when hiring a new apprentice.
SMEs in West Yorkshire can now apply for the Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE), which encourages local businesses in the North-West to employ a greater number of 16-24 year olds.
Roger Marsh, chairman of the LEP stated that he was convinced to launch the scheme after a survey of over 3000 businesses found that employers were eager to take on younger employees.
‘‘Having recently conducted a business survey of over 3,000 businesses in the region, we know that businesses are ambitious to grow and take on an apprentice to enhance their productivity and retain vital skills,’’ said Marsh.
“Supporting businesses to offer these career opportunities is part of the LEP’s overall ambition to create a strong future workforce and create more and better jobs for our young people.”