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Dacorum Borough Council offers incentive boost for new apprenticeships
Dacorum Borough Council is boosting job and training opportunities for local young people by offering businesses an incentive to take on an apprentice.
The council have secured £51,000 to encourage local businesses to hire their first apprentice. This will result in a £1,200 grant for 38 businesses and £2,700 for two businesses who take on an apprentice that comes from a vulnerable background. This is in addition to the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) wage incentive which currently stands at £1,500.
At the "take the lead and transform lives" campaign launch on Friday, October 11, businesses from across Dacorum were brought together to find out more about the council's new top-up grant and other benefits available to them when they take on an apprentice.
Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regeneration and Council Leader, Cllr Andrew Williams said: "Following the announcement that young people must stay in education until the age of 18, and with university fees at an all time high, there is no better time to hire an apprentice. I urge all Dacorum businesses to consider how they might benefit from giving a young person a helping hand into the workplace through an apprenticeship."
Campaign initiatives will also include supporting young people not in education, employment and training as well as those who are disadvantaged and vulnerable. They aim to help people from all backgrounds gain valuable qualifications and experience while earning money. Dacorum Borough Council will work with schools to encourage young people to consider all future career opportunities.
For more information, contact Lisa Devayya, Learning and Skills Officer at Dacorum Borough Council on email@example.com or 01442 228396.
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