Apprenticeship Hub boost for employers
A NEW initiative to help businesses take on apprentices is being launched today.
Nottingham City Council, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Department of Work and Pensions have developed an Apprenticeship Hub which will support local businesses to recruit an apprentice.
This will include financial incentives as well as additional support for employers.
The hub will be launched at Antenna Business Centre in Huntingdon Street, in the city centre and will also mark the launch of Confetti Media Group's Creative and Digital Media Apprenticeship programme.
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The city council's portfolio holder for jobs, skills and business, Councillor Nick McDonald, said: "We need to create more apprenticeships in Nottingham and we will do all we can to use the Apprenticeship Hub to get more local people into jobs and keep the local economy growing."
A spokesman for the city council described the initiative as a "virtual hub". He said the council will be working with employers and the job centre.
"We can then match up people with the right apprenticeships," he added.
The hub's specialist staff will also help firms to apply for funding that may be available to help with the costs of taking on an apprentice.
The hub will advertise local vacancies online for free and will work to develop a pool of local candidates with suitable experience and skills.
Vacancies will be advertised on www.nottinghamjobs.com.
Advice can also be provided on other funding opportunities, such as the Nottingham Jobs Fund, or signposting businesses to the city council's Employer Hub.
Karen Woodward, Divisional Apprenticeships Director, National Apprenticeship Service said: "The Apprenticeship Hub is a great initiative that I hope will lead to many more businesses taking advantage of the support available to them."
Craig Smith, owner of the Four Bells pub in Woodborough, welcomed the scheme.
Mr Smith took on Brett White, of Calverton, as an apprentice last year. He has now passed his NVQ chef qualification and has been taken on full-time at the pub.
"We'd use that service," he said. "We're always on the lookout for new apprentices, with our expanding business."
Mr Smith signed a pledge to take on an apprentice as part of the Nottingham Post's Get Notts Working campaign.
The campaign, jointly organised by the Post and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, had aimed to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days – but 200 were created in the target time.
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