£20,000 apprenticeship fund approved by district council

Apprentice, Jade Walker, is pictured styling Lyndsey Pavan’s hair under the guidance of Becci Evemy.

A scheme that helps Richmondshire businesses employ apprentices has received another £20,000 in funding from district councillors.

Members of the authority’s Corporate Board have given the green light to the cash award which will mean more small businesses can access help – and they can also use the grant to train apprentices to a higher level.

“Encouraging economic growth in a rural area like ours is challenging – but developing home grown talent or retaining young, ambitious members of staff who would have to leave the area to find skilled work fits with our economic action plan,” said council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.

“Our apprenticeship scheme has already seen more than 20 local businesses working with us – many of which had been put off employing apprentices because of the associated costs.

“The additional funding will mean we can help even more as well as train them to a higher level.”

Since its launch 23 apprentices have been taken on by local companies – in everything from hairdressing, sales and hospitality to digital marketing and vehicle repairs.

The scheme is open to Richmondshire businesses that employ 50 people of less – with priority given to those with less than 20 members of staff; and have an annual turnover of less than £50 million.

Both the business and the apprentice must be based in the district.

For more information on the scheme contact Samantha.coultish@richmondshire.gov.uk