Bournemouth College welcomes decision to extend grants for apprenticeships
ADRIAN Martin, the director of Apprenticeships at The Bournemouth & Poole College has welcomed the decision to extend the timeframe for Apprenticeship grants made to local employers.
He says extending the £1,500 cash incentive to businesses who take on a new apprentice is a shot in the arm for the local economy and a real boost for young people looking to take their first steps into industry.
The money is paid up-front by Government funding agency, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), and has been hailed a success by many smaller enterprises in the region.
Adrian said: “The decision should be welcomed by businesses. It will encourage more small companies to come forward to take on fresh young talent, which we have in abundance at the college.”
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Under the BIS scheme the grants are available to businesses who take on young people between the ages of 16 and 24 as apprentices for the first time.
It was scheduled to end this year but it will now run until December 2014. There will be no changes to the eligibility criteria.
One company to benefit from the scheme is Copyrite of Wimborne. Copyrite specialises in the repair and maintenance of office equipment such as printers and photocopying machines. It has taken on two apprentices under the grant scheme, Josh Bird and Myles Duncan-King, and is now looking for a third.
Before the scheme the company was reluctant to commit resources to young trainees and there was a shortage of trained engineers with the skills in that sector. The BIS financial backing was crucial to the decision to turn to Apprenticeships as an answer to the problem.
Ricky Beach, Copyrite service manager said: “Although we are small operation we decided to engage first one apprentice, then a second and the grant support was so useful to us. We have had excellent support through the college to make it work for us.”
Ricky said the funding support system was excellent and that other small businesses need to look at this an option.
Added Ricky: “Without the work and support of the college it would be even harder to talent spot and find the right kind of young people, in our case Josh and Myles, to help our company move forward.”