Cash boost to Malvern Hills businesses recruiting new apprentices

Malvern Hills District Council has announced a new cash incentive scheme, to help local firms meet the costs of hiring new apprentices. The scheme will enable businesses in the growth sectors of Cyber Security/ICT, Engineering/Advanced Manufacturing and Agri-tech to claim a £1,000 grant when they take on a young Malvern Hills resident as their new  apprentice. The grant is available at all entry levels, including Higher Level Apprenticeships reflecting the range of skill levels required in these specialist sectors.

Cllr Phil Grove portfolio holder for the economy at MHDC said "Businesses repeatedly report that finding and retaining young people - with the right skills is a barrier to growth and they don't always see apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to train and retain their future workforce."

He continued "This grant will encourage businesses to take another look at the cost-benefit of recruiting apprentices, and with employer support from the newly launched Worcestershire Apprenticeships programme, there's never been a better time to take on an apprentice. This cash boost will help Malvern Hills businesses secure the skills they need for future growth, and ensure our young people find career opportunities locally."

The Malvern Hills Apprenticeship Grant Scheme will be officially launched at the ‘Business Future' networking lunch on Monday, 23 March at Malvern Rugby Club from 12.30pm – 2pm.

Leading business figures from UTC Aerospace Systems and Fortis Living will be talking about how apprenticeships have contributed to the success of their companies.

Sarah Quinney Site Director at UTC Aerospace added  "UTC Aerospace Systems recognises apprenticeships as one of our key initiatives in ensuring the growth of talent within our business."

The Worcestershire Apprenticeship team will also be at the lunch event to explain how apprenticeships work, and what support is available to employers. The event is free, and open to all Malvern Hills businesses - so pop down, network, enjoy lunch and take that next step towards an apprentice. 

For more information on eligibility for the Malvern Hills Apprenticeship Grant Scheme and the ‘Business Future' apprenticeship event on Monday, 23 March visit Worcestershire Apprenticeships.

Pictured: Emma Butcher, Executive Assistant, UTC Aerospace Systems and local apprentice Jamie Todhunter, from Malvern Link. Jamie is on a four year Apprenticeship with the firm who are based at the Malvern Hills Science Park.