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New Support For Local Apprenticeships


New Support For Local Apprenticeships

Businesses taking on local apprentices could be entitled to grants of up to £1,500 under a new package of support announced by Leicester City Council.

The Leicester Apprenticeship Hub will offer advice, guidance and support for apprentices and employers across the city.

It aims to increase the number of apprenticeships on offer in the city and encourage more people to consider this as a pathway to start a career.

A new Apprenticeship Hub website will advertise the latest vacancies for apprentices, as well as giving advice on submitting applications and how to impress at interviews, and information on the sorts of career that apprenticeships can lead to.

The scheme will also promote apprenticeships directly through schools and colleges as progression for 16-19 years olds.

Regular drop-in sessions offering one-to-one support will also be available.

Employers offering apprenticeships can also now apply grants of up to £1,500 to support each new apprentice.

The scheme is being funded by £400,000 of cash set aside for the city council’s Leicester to Work programme. It is also supported by £25,000 from the National Apprenticeship Service.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Rory Palmer said: “We want more young people to consider an apprenticeship as their next step from school.

“Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to work towards a recognised qualification while doing paid work. They can be an excellent way for young people to make their first step towards a future career.

“Our new apprenticeship hub will make it easier for people to find out what vacancies are available, how to make a successful application, and learn a little more about where an apprenticeship might take them.

“We also want to encourage more local employers to think about the benefits of taking on an apprentice, and we hope our new grant scheme will provide an added incentive to do that.”

The Leicester Apprenticeship Hub is being launched at a business breakfast aimed at local employers, colleges and other organisations.

Among the speakers at the event will be Mihir Patel, from Belgrave, who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship in air traffic safety electronics at East Midlands Airport.

He said: “For me, this type of programme is important because I get to have the same perks as a job, like being paid, while training and building my knowledge and experience.

“I also get to benefit from the members of my team. The majority of staff at the airport are long-serving and I am benefiting from over 250 years of combined experience every day!”

People at the launch event will also hear from Richard Brooke, Regional Managing Director for Barratt and David Wilson Homes. The company, which was recently named as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer at the National Apprenticeship Awards, is looking to employ around 50 new apprentices and its recruitment drive will initially focus on Leicester.

Mr Brooke said: “This is a fantastic time to be joining the housing industry, as we are seeing steady growth returning across the country, and especially in the East Midlands. We want to recruit an additional 50 new apprentices in the next six months to help keep up with demand.”

Following the launch of the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub, Deputy City Mayor Cllr Palmer will be joining young people from four city schools at an event hosted by Barratt Homes to highlight apprenticeship opportunities with the company.

Leicester City Council currently employs nearly 100 apprentices in areas including sport, administration, highways and housing maintenance.

People can visit the Leicester Apprenticeship Hub online at or follow it on Twitter @Leicester_hub