Somerton & frome MP welcomes apprentice scheme

David Warburton MP for Somerton and Frome has welcomed the Government’s new cash incentives scheme for employers. As part of the Govewrnment’s Plan for Jobs, employers are being offered £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under 25, and £1,500 for each newly recruited apprentice aged 25 and over. This includes taking on an apprentice who has been made redundant.

The cash boost is designed to support employers to cover the cost of recruiting an apprentice such as providing facilities, uniforms, helping with travel costs or to help pay their salary.

Former businessman and tech industry CEO David Warburton MP told The Leveller ®“This is a fantastic scheme which I urge Somerset employers of all sizes to take advantage of, to help boost the local economy and get Somerset back on its feet following the shattering effects of the Covid pandemic on local jobs and businesses…….I believe apprenticeships are a fantastic way to for people to get ahead in a wide range of industries, and they also play a vital role in delivering the skills employers and the economy now urgently need to recover.”

Employers who want to take advantage of the offer will need to apply through the government’s digital apprentice service which will involve setting up an account. You can get some local advice on the scheme from southwest.kickstart@dwp.gov.uk

Apprentices who are interested in joining a company via the scheme can get help through their local job centre work coach.

To help smaller businesses, employers offering fewer than 30 placements will be asked to make a bid through an intermediary, such as a Local Authority or Chamber of Commerce, who will then bid for 30 or more placements as a combined bid from several businesses. This will make the process easier and less labour intensive to apply for these smaller companies who only want to hire one or two Kickstarters.

There’s a full list of employers’ contacts from the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/kickstart-scheme-employer-contacts

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