A Leyburn beauty salon has taken on an apprentice bringing the total supported through a district council scheme to 18.
The Richmondshire authority launched its apprenticeship scheme in March, with businesses able to apply for up to £2,000 in funding.
Salon Beautique, in Leyburn Market Place, has employed 16-year -old Jade Walker who is now studying an NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing at Darlington College while working at the business.
Owner Becci Evemy received a grant of £504 to buy hairdressing kit for the college course and equipment for the salon – including hairdryer, straighteners and clippers.
Council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said: “This scheme is helping to support local businesses to bring local people on to their staff role.
“We have already seen 18 in new jobs – and we have funding for more.”
The deadline for applications for the next round of funding is November 1 – contact Samantha.email@example.com for more information.