College urges employers to take advantage of new apprenticeship incentive payments
In what can only be seen as part of the emerging unified battle cry from Gloucestershire – its biggest college is calling on business to grab a cash offer to help them develop their staff teams
It is putting its shoulder against the push from the Chancellor to encourage firms to recruit apprentices – an attempt at providing meaningful opportunities for the generation expected to be worse hit economically by the pandemic.
Gloucestershire College is spelling out again the bottom line of Rishi Sunak’s so called Plan for Jobs – incentive payments of £2,000 to employers for each new apprentice they hire aged 16-24, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from August 1 to January 31 2021.
“These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government already provides for non-levy employers who hire new 16-18 year-old apprentices. That’s a total benefit of up to £3,000 per apprentice paid directly to businesses,” said a statement from the college, which has campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean and apprenticeships ranging from cyber to construction.
It is also shouting about its point of contact for employers – its Business Hub - dedicated to delivering on the detail for employers.
“Whilst we very much understand there are currently a lot of businesses who are not in the position to recruit, we strongly urge those that are to step forward,” said Andy Bates, vice principal and CFO at Gloucestershire College
“We are proud to already be working with more than 800 businesses to deliver top-quality apprenticeship training in the region.
“As a college, we have brilliant links with industry to help young people kickstart their careers. However, in many industries, for example construction and IT, there are often more young people looking for opportunities than there are employers with openings.
“We are relying on local businesses to help us support Gloucestershire’s young talent and provide them with apprenticeships within our county. We are here to guide businesses through the process of hiring apprentices and match them with high calibre candidates that are the right fit for their organisation.”
The college’s Business Hub team is “dedicated to providing expert, no-obligation advice to local employers about apprenticeships and funding opportunities”.
Employers who are interested in taking on an apprentice are urged to get in touch with the Business Hub for bespoke advice tailored to their business.