£15k to help recruit an apprentice

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Engineering and manufacturing businesses from across the north east are being invited to attend an event and apply for up to £15,000 to help recruit an apprentice.

Northumberland College has joined forces with Arch, The Northumberland Development Company and Semta, the sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing, to help firms apply for money from the Governments Regional Growth Fund (RGF), the National Apprenticeship Service and Northumberland County Council.

Lindsay Middleton, from Semta, is urging all Northumberland businesses to attend a breakfast event in June.

“There is unprecedented support for businesses to recruit apprentices, including funds and expertise to cover recruitment and on-going training,” she said.

“Our research shows 8,500 skilled workers in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector in the region are due to retire by 2016 while 25 per cent of current employees need to be skilled up to deal with new technologies and processes.

“Young people are our future engineers, maintenance technicians and managers so we are delighted to be working with Northumberland College and Arch on this event.

“With youth unemployment so high and the need for home-grown skills so apparent, there has never been a better time to bring experts together to help businesses grow.”

The Grants4Growth event will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 7.30am to 9.30am, at Northumberland College, College Road, Ashington. Call 01740 627006 for more details.