The boss of a Teesside web company that recently took on its second apprentice is urging other small business to explore the route.
The Redcar-based Tad Web Solutions has taken on 17-year-old Benjamin Watson, who is employed as a web designer, producing graphics, animation and imagery on a variety of client projects.
To aid the recruitment process, the company contacted the Enterprise Team at Redcar and Cleveland Council, who put it in touch with the council’s Route to Employment team.
The experience has been so positive that managing director Elcoate is now encouraging other small businesses to consider taking on more apprentices.
“Apprentices are great for small businesses like ours,” he said.
“We were able to get funding and support with wages, which is cost-effective, and we can train the staff to work the way that works best for us and them.
“It’s an ideal way to give young people a career start and it’s great to see them develop their skills, and in turn help the business grow.”
So far, more than 250 businesses have benefitted from the services of the Enterprise Team, which offers at least 12 hours of free tailored support for Redcar and Cleveland businesses.
Made up of skilled business coaches, it is focused on helping companies achieve their goals, from moving premises to increasing their turnover and improving profitability.
It has also held scores of free pre-start workshops.
Benjamin’s appointment at Tad Web Solutions follows that of small business manager Peter Calvert, who joined the company as an apprentice in 2013.
Redcar and Cleveland Council cabinet member for economic development Councillor Mark Hannon said: “It’s great to see businesses take on apprentices and help train and nurture people in their chosen career.
“I’m delighted to see Tad Web Solutions creating opportunities and going from strength to strength thanks to the support of the Enterprise Team.”
To find out more about the Enterprise Team, visit www.theenterpriseteam.co.uk