Firms Get Cash Incentive to Hire Apprentices
LIVERPOOL businesses are being
offered grants by the city council to support and encourage them to
recruit new apprentices. The Liverpool Apprenticeship Scheme
business grant initiative is looking to create 100 extra
apprenticeships across the city.
A one-off payment of up to £3,000 per recruit is being offered to
support employers who take on new apprentices in their organisations
for a minimum of a year. Businesses are expected to recruit
Liverpool residents aged 16 plus. The scheme is being
promoted by the city council and is supported by the National
Apprenticeship Service, TUC’s unionlearn and Liverpool Chamber of
Councillor Nick Small, the council’s cabinet member for employment
and skills, said:- “This is a key initiative in our commitment
to increase the number of apprenticeships across the city. At
a time when cuts in funding are being made across the board it is
even more important that we support our young people in gaining the
skills they need to obtain employment. We want to have a
highly skilled and motivated workforce ready to take advantage of
any improvement in the economy in future years.
I hope employers of all sizes will take this opportunity to use the
support available and increase the number of apprentices in
The initiative will be launched at a breakfast event on Friday, 5
November 2010 from 8.30am to 10.30am, at the Tate Gallery, Albert Dock. Cllr
Small and representatives from the TUC and the Chamber of Commerce
will speak about the benefits of this scheme to employers and the
support available to them
Laura Robertson-Collins , Regional Development Worker for TUC’s
unionlearn, said:- “Unionlearn are very pleased to be working
with the City Council and with employers in Liverpool to help
promote apprenticeships that provide high quality work and learning
opportunities for young people.
Apprenticeships should be proper jobs with the opportunity to obtain
qualifications – so young people can ‘earn while they learn’.
Unionlearn see trade union involvement with apprenticeships as
crucial to ensure high quality learning experiences are provided and
that young people are adequately paid and fully supported in the
Carole Crosby, Deputy Chief Executive of Liverpool Chamber, said:-
“Liverpool Chamber has a long history of training, supporting and
placing apprentices within the local economy. We have seen first
hand the real difference an apprenticeship can make both to the
young person and the company that hires them. We believe this
initiative will be a great boost for all involved and welcome its
implementation in the city.”
Although applications from all sectors will be considered it is
intended that the business grant scheme will particularly support
those employers which help fill recognised skills gaps or target
potential areas for economic growth in the city such as the
Superport; low carbon economy/environmental related work, the
knowledge economy and the visitor economy.
Conditions which employers have to meet are:-
► Apprentices must be paid at least the relevant national minimum
wage for their age group
► They have to demonstrate real valuable
apprenticeship employment in a supervised work environment
► Provide support to meet the needs of
people with multiple barriers to entry into the job market
Further information about the grants is available from Caroline
Lodge, Liverpool City Council on:- 0151 233 4699 or via
For further information about Apprenticeship Training please contact
Gareth Jones, National Apprenticeship Service via
Public invited to NHS Liverpool Community Health Board Meeting
HEALTHCARE provider NHS Liverpool
Community Health is inviting members of the public to its first
Board Meeting held in public.
The event will take place on 9 November 2010, at the Roy Castle
Centre, Enterprise Way, on Wavertree Technology Park.
The meeting will begin at 9am prompt and is expected to run until
Midday. Parking is available at the site and the venue is close to
good train and bus links.
Those wishing to attend the meeting should contact Vicky Taylor on:-
0151 295 3207 by 5 November 2010.