Grants can help firms employ an apprentice

Grants of £2,500 are now available to help businesses take on an apprentice after the extension of a Derbyshire County Council drive.

The county council is creating 1,000 apprenticeship positions – 500 in its own workforce and 500 by supporting Derbyshire businesses.

Its Derbyshire Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) scheme was launched last year, with all 200 grants snapped up and placements filled within six months.

Young people in each of the county’s eight district and boroughs were helped start a career in a range of occupations including business administration, health and social care, and mechanical engineering.

Now, the county council has joined forces with the National Apprenticeship Service to extend its AGE Grant scheme – meaning a further 300 grants of £2,500 are available to Derbyshire businesses to take on an apprentice.