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Bottom line benefits of taking on an apprentice

The National Apprenticeship Service is providing up to 450 Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE) to help them to create new places and take on an unemployed 16, 17 or 18 year old apprentice right now. The grant has a value of £2,000.

Giving young people work-based training is essential to them finding work in a tough economic climate and a meaningful place in their community. The Apprenticeships provide a genuine route into work and are respected throughout many industries.

In order to qualify for the grant, either the apprentice or employer must be based in the East Midlands and the apprentice must start with the employer before Monday 14 March 2011. The employer also needs approval from the National Apprenticeship Service.

On commitment to recruiting an unemployed young person and supporting them through their Apprenticeship programme, employers will receive two prompt payments. The first payment of £750 will be made when the young person starts their Apprenticeship programme and a further £1,250 if the apprentice remains employed after thirteen weeks..

For more information and to find out about further criteria just email [email protected] or call 01246 500 500.

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