Measures help North East firms take on apprentices

The National Apprenticeship Service has launched a raft of new measures designed to guide North East employers through the process of recruiting an apprentice

The £1,500 Apprenticeship Grant for Employers has been extended for 16-24 year olds for another year for businesses with less than 1,000 employees.

New online tool Av Live has also been created to give colleges, training providers and other apprenticeship partners in Newcastle to embed up-to-the-minute apprenticeship vacancies on their websites.

Av Live takes five minutes to set up and can be easily tailored to show apprenticeship vacancies by job role, provider, location and other search options.

It is designed to help spread the word about apprenticeship vacancies available locally, so that young people and adult learners can take steps towards earning while they learn. Employers, meanwhile, can benefit from the online Find an Apprenticeship Training Organisation tool which allows businesses of all sizes to find a local training provider.

Divisional area director for the National Apprenticeship Service in the North Sue Price said: “The resources we’re announcing this week provide local employers in Newcastle with all the information they need in order to hire an apprentice in an easy to digest format.

“Av Live, in particular, will ensure that employer vacancies will now reach more potential apprentices – at no cost to the employer.

“We hope all of this additional help will encourage more firms to hire an apprentice and realise how apprenticeships can deliver for their business.”

For more information visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk or call 08000 150 600.

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