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SMEs in Yorkshire receive £2000 if hiring an apprentice

This new Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) is now open to applications from SMEs

SMEs based in Yorkshire can now apply for up to £2000 to help towards costs of taking on an apprentice. The funding is part of a new initiative launched by Leeds city Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

This new Apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) is now open to applications from SMEs as part of a drive to encourage local North-West companies to employ a greater number of 16-24 year olds.

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Roger Marsh, chairman of the LEP became convinced to launch the scheme after a survey of over 3000 businesses found that employers were eager to take on apprentices.

‘‘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.”

Several local councils including Rochdale and Suffolk have also created schemes to help SMEs find apprentices for their companies in a bid to boost youth employment levels.

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