Worcestershire apprenticeship fund extended

Worcestershire businesses and young people are benefiting from a £50,000 boost to help increase the number of apprentices in the area.

Wyre Forest District Council has invested the money, and firms will be able to apply for up to £7,500 to support them in hiring local apprentices.

The council has been working in partnership with Kidderminster College to deliver the Apprenticeship Grant Scheme for the past five years. The newly announced funding will extend the programme into 2017.


Increasing higher-level apprentices

It is hoped that in particular, the investment will support higher-level, Level 3 and Level 2 apprenticeships in management, business and administration, accountancy, marketing and social media, engineering and manufacturing.

Councillor John Campion, cabinet member for planning and economic regeneration, told the Kidderminster Shuttle: “The scheme has so far helped more than 50 local employers and the feedback has been very positive.

“We are keen to offer apprenticeships to higher level apprentices in 2016/17 as we have in the past three years as this has been welcomed by employers and apprentices alike.


Enthusiasm for scheme

“It is great to see local businesses benefiting from the enthusiasm and new skills gained by local people. Apprentices are telling us they have more confidence and learned really valuable skills throughout the scheme.”

Jennie Short, head of department for employer engagement programmes at Kidderminster College, added: “The extension of the Apprenticeship Grant Scheme for a fifth year highlights the value and importance that is rightly being placed on apprenticeship programmes across the Wyre Forest.

“We are delighted to be involved in this partnership again and are really keen to see this year’s grant supporting more young people to progress to higher-level apprenticeships.”