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Grant scheme expands

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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A SCHEME offering businesses a grant of up to £2,500 to help them take on an apprentice has been expanded.

As part of an on-going initiative, Derbyshire County Council wants to create 1,000 apprenticeship positions in the county – 500 in its own workforce and 500 by supporting Derbyshire businesses.

The authority has joined forces with the National Apprenticeship Service last month to extend its popular Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme after the original 200 grants of £2,500 were snapped up within six months.

The link created another 300 grants of £2,500 and was initially for 16 to 18-year-olds and for businesses with less than 250 employees.

Young people aged 16-24-years-old and business with up to 1,000 employees can now take advantage of the scheme, following its latest expasion.

To find out more about the scheme and how to take part, or to apply for Derbyshire AGE funding contact the National Apprenticeship Service on 08000 150 600.

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