ASHBOURNE firms can apply for cash from the county council to help them take on apprentices as part of a county-wide schem.
Grants of £2,500 have been made available for up to 1,000 apprenticeship positions being created by Derbyshire County Council, 500 of which will be in its own workforce and 500 are available to Derbyshire businesses.
The Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme, which was launched last year, has already seen 200 of the grants snapped up and placements filled in firms including business administration, health and social care, and mechanical engineering companies.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The extension of our successful Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers Scheme is great news for Derbyshire businesses and young people.
“We’re now starting to see the first apprentices supported by the Derbyshire AGE scheme coming to the end of their training period.
“The experience and learning gained through an apprenticeship gives the young person an opportunity they might not otherwise have to start out in a new career and develop the skills which businesses value.”
To find out more about the scheme or to make an application, call the National Apprenticeship Service 08000 150 600.