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Apprentice Boost For Ryedale

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12:15pm 28th May 2013
(Updated 2:31pm 29th May 2013)

Only weeks after announcing it was to take on eight new apprentice posts within the Authority to help young people in the District, Ryedale District Council has agreed a major new grant scheme to help businesses and organisations in the area to take on apprentices.

Ryedale District Council wants to help young people to establish a career in the area, and has launched a £150,000 fund through which Ryedale companies can bid to claw back most of the costs of taking on an apprentice for the next two years. In a competitive process, businesses can bid for up to £5000 of support per annum, per apprentice and can apply for funding for up to a maximum of five apprentices.

In addition, £30,000 of the funding is being made available to training providers in Ryedale towards new equipment – but only on the basis that this delivers training for an increased number of apprentices.

Leader of Ryedale District Council Cllr Linda Cowling:

‘It is vital that Ryedale’s young people are given every opportunity to improve their skills and experience, and to move forward with a career in the local area. These can be challenging times for both younger people and businesses. We want to do all we can to help Ryedale’s employers to take on apprentices and help them build a successful career – while benefiting our local companies. Ultimately, a more skilled workforce, with younger people coming into businesses, will help the Ryedale economy.’  

Application forms and further details are available from Louise Lunn, Ryedale District Council’s Business Liaison Manager, on 01653 600666 ext 336 or email louise.lunn@ryedale.gov.uk .

All bids will be assessed regarding the number of apprenticeships to be provided and their length and nature, together with the extent and quality of associated training / qualifications / experience to be undertaken, and the pay and conditions of the employment, say the council.

They add that an assessment visit will be made for all short listed bids.  Additional weighting will be given to those businesses that have never had an apprentice previously or those that through this scheme can take on additional apprentices, say the council. Additional weighting will also be given where it can be demonstrated that there is a strong likelihood of a job at the end of the apprenticeship.

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