Council helps local businesses take on apprentices and graduates

 Malvern Hills District Council has provided funding to support 90 apprentices and graduates as part of its two grant schemes.

Since 2015, 84 local businesses have benefited from the Apprenticeship Grant scheme and the Malvern Hills Graduate Internship and Recruitment Grants scheme.

As part of the Apprenticeship Grant Scheme, funding of up to £1,000 is available to help with the cost of taking on an apprentice.

The grants are available to district-based businesses operating in such sectors as engineering and manufacturing, IT, agriculture technologies and horticulture, construction and catering and hospitality (Higher Level 3).

Worcester Web Studio is an example of a company that has benefited from the scheme and has taken on an apprentice with the council's support.

The company produces web design and marketing technology support for local firms including Malvern Panalytical and St Richards Hospice.

With the belief that 'experience in industry is more important than knowledge', apprentice Ellis Crowther finished his level three software apprenticeship with another firm and is now completing a degree level apprenticeship with Worcester Web Studio.

Malvern Hills District Council also offers a Malvern Hills Graduate Internship and Recruitment Grants scheme where up to £2,000 will go towards the cost of employing an undergraduate or graduate as either an intern or an employee.

Invizio, which has specialised in the design of luxury wearable tech and innovative product design since 2017, received funding from the scheme and took on Ben Acey as his graduate choice.

Paddy Fawcett, Managing Director, chose Ben because he was impressed by his multi-skilled background which matched his business needs. Ben studied engineering at Aston University and has been with the firm for eight months.

Cllr Beverley Nielsen, Portfolio Holder for Economy Development and Tourism, on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "Apprenticeships offer many advantages to young people. You can earn while you learn, gain relevant work-based experience and qualifications and finish without debt.

"For employers, the grant support is clearly a big advantage whilst accessing talent for future growth. I would urge businesses and young people to join the trend and take advantage of the opportunities available."

Contact Christine Butler, Economic Development Officer, for more information on 01864 862183.

Invizio: Paddy Fawcett, Managing Director, with apprentice Ben Acey.

Worcester Web Studio: Manager, Ray Gillspie and apprentice Ellis Crowther.
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