Whaley Bridge companies and other High Peak firms with fewer than 50 employees are being urged not to miss out on a £2,500 incentive payment for taking on a young apprentice aged 16 or 17.
The plea was made this week by the Borough Council, which warned that all the cash must be awarded by the end of June.
Ian Huddlestone, executive councillor for regeneration, said: “More than 100 Derbyshire businesses have already been awarded this money, which is not ring fenced as long as they employ an apprentice. However, only two firms so far have been from the High Peak”.
As well as the grant, the apprentices also qualify for 100 per cent finding of their training needs. The scheme is administered by Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group. However, there is no requirement for the apprentice to attend this college. Assessments and training can take place at the business or at a college known and trusted by the business.
For more information, call Learning Unlimited on (01246) 500500 ext. 4291 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Learning Unlimited is funded by Derbyshire County Council, and details of the scheme are available at www.chesterfield.ac.uk/age16and17