09 FEB 2012

Apprentices at South Devon College

I visited South Devon College today as part of National Apprenticeship week. The Totnes Constituency has seen 700 new apprenticeships start last year which is an increase of 56%.

I met Dean Bowden and many of the  apprentices from a variety of exciting courses . The number of apprentices could be even greater if more employers realised the benefits of taking on an apprentice.

Dean Bowden from South Devon College would be happy to talk to any employers considering offering to share their skills with an apprentice. The Government is delivering unprecedented funding for new apprenticeships. In addition, the Prime Minister has announced that from 7 February 2012, businesses and training providers can bid for a share of £6 million from the Higher Apprenticeship Fund, which will support the development of thousands of new Higher Apprenticeships in sectors including aerospace, energy and renewable technologies. Small and medium-sized businesses without any apprentices who hire one aged 16-24 are eligible for a £1,500 bonus, with up to 40,000 payments available and businesses can bid for a share of a £250 million fund to boost skills in their workplace, giving employers rather than training providers direct access to funding for training.

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