Education and Training

Employers urged to back Gloucestershire talent and use Government funding to recruit

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 05 August 2020 7:00

Employers urged to back Gloucestershire talent and use Government funding to recruit

As it works hard to be heard above the economic fall-out from the pandemic and to give a positive focus for employers, Gloucestershire College is calling on business to take note. 

The college, which has campuses in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean, is urgently trying to get the message across to companies about the £3,000 of incentive payments available to them from Government. 

The cash if for the recruitment of apprentices and the college says it has “a strong pool of candidates ready and waiting to join local businesses and take the first step in their careers”. 

It reminds employers that no matter what their sector it is likely to be able to help – it has more than 45 programmes covering everything from construction and carpentry, to hairdressing, HR and healthcare and cyber and provides apprenticeships for all kinds of industries. 

“It has never been more important for local employers to invest in the future of Gloucestershire’s next generation. September is fast approaching and we have a whole host of young people looking for opportunities to take. 

“We have a fantastic pool of candidates ready and waiting for apprenticeship openings with local employers in construction, trade, engineering, IT, hospitality, business, early years and more. 

“Whether your business has been taking on apprentices for years, or you are brand new to the scheme, get in touch with our Business Hub team for no-obligation advice. 

“If your business can’t recruit for September, but you are still interested in providing a young person with an apprenticeship opportunity, we’d encourage you to still come and speak to our team. 

“We have a whole programme of apprenticeships that can start at any point throughout the year, plus new January starts for our construction, engineering and finance programmes. 

“Prospective apprentices apply all year round, so speak to our team today about your business needs, and we can offer you the right support,” said Myra Billinghurst, business development manager and Business Hub team leader.

Julie Tegg, director of apprenticeships and employer training at the college, said: “We currently work with more than 800 businesses in and around Gloucestershire, but we’re looking to increase that number. 

“With the new academic year just around the corner, we’re encouraging businesses to back local talent and make the most of the government’s new incentive payments of up to £3,000 by hiring apprentices. 

“Over the last few months, we have been working hard to make our apprenticeship programmes as flexible as possible for employers by bringing in blended and online learning.” 

The Government’s new incentive payment scheme rewards employers with up to £3,000 for each apprentice hired.