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Grants help North East employers take on Apprentices

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Firms in the region previously unable to afford Apprentices can now benefit from a grant available from City of Sunderland College.

Companies with fewer than 250 employers looking to take on an Apprentice across a range of areas including customer service, call centres, IT and business administration can apply for funding of up to £2,500.

Dave Hall, Director of Work-Based Learning at the College, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer additional support to companies who may not have had the monies available to benefit from the value that an Apprenticeship can bring to an organisation.

“The Apprenticeship Grants encourage firms to create a new position and take on an unemploy edperson. We have a limited number of funded positions to offer, so interested companies need to apply by 31 August.

“Once in place, our team will ensure the Apprentice is equipped with high quality, nationally-recognised qualifications as well as support throughout the placement to maximise the value both parties receive from the experience.”

The funding has been made available via a tripartite arrangement between the Skills Funding Agency, the European Social Fund and the National Apprenticeship Service.

Employers eligible for the grant must have not been engaged in apprenticeships previously.. Businesses must also comply with state aid rules and employ the Apprentice for a minimum of 35 hours per week.

Employers receive a £1,000 payment at the start of an Apprenticeship and up to an additional £1,500 top-up payment after six months.

Overall, City of Sunderland College currently offers more than 30 frameworks across 14 different occupational areas including catering, construction trades, electrical installation, hairdressing and beauty, business administration, customer service and motor vehicle repair and maintenance, motor vehicle body refinishing, sales and telesales, contact centre operations and team leading.

All subjects are offered at both Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship levels and can lead onto further study or employment.

City of Sunderland College Apprenticeship programmes have helped hundreds of learner’s progress into employment with a 77% completion rate (the national average is 75%).

For more information on how to apply please contact apprenticeships@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk or call 0191 511 6484.

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