New deal for apprenticeships
Published:  19 June, 2013

The launch of a new partnership between employers, trade associations and government, involving apprenticeships, will benefit small and medium-sized businesses in the catering equipment industry.

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) for 16- to 24-year-olds will provide employers of businesses with up to 1,000 employees, who have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months, with a grant of £1,500 per apprentice.

Executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service David Way said: “The demand for apprenticeships from young people has never been stronger, while thousands of new businesses are introducing apprenticeships every month as they look to attract and develop young talent.”

The new partnership has come after the Holt Review, which recommended trade associations help promote apprenticeships.

Entrepreneur and author of the Holt Review into apprenticeships Jason Holt said: “Trade associations can play a huge role in promoting apprenticeships to their members and it is fantastic to see these efforts paying off and more small businesses realising the rewards that apprenticeships can bring.”