More funding for Richmondshire apprentice scheme

A scheme that helps Richmondshire businesses employ apprentices has received another £15,000 in funding from district councillors.

Members of the authority’s corporate board this week gave 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.

“We want to encourage economic growth while at the same time develop home grown talent and retain young, ambitious people who would otherwise have to leave the area to find skilled work,” said council leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“Since its launch in 2019 our apprenticeship scheme has awarded £100,000 to help 81 people secure places.

“With this extra £15,000 we can even more to that number and leave a lasting legacy for the district’s young people.”

She said apprentices have been employed in everything from hairdressing, carpentry, sales and hospitality to digital marketing and vehicle repairs.

The scheme has two elements – £2,000 is available for businesses taking on a level one to three apprentice and £3000 for those offering a level four plus apprentice.

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