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Council unveils second apprenticeship initiative

Tue 13 September 2011, 3:53 pm

Medway Council has announced details of a 200,000 fund to help young people find places on business apprenticeship schemes.

The cash will be give local businesses a wage or training subsidy of £2,000 to support them taking on an apprentice.

Thc council says it hopes to support 90 apprenticeships between now and March 2012.

Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said: "As a former apprentice myself, I can only speak too highly of the real value of an apprenticeship.

“They are not only good for people who want get ahead and gain invaluable skills, but they're also good for business and for the growth of our economy in Medway.”

The fund follows on from the 100 in 100 Apprenticeship Challenge, launched in May to attract local businesses to take on 100 apprentices in 100 days.

Businesses taking part in this scheme will still be able to apply for the new grant, which will be limited to two apprentices per company.

The council will donate half the amount of money, with the remainder coming from European Union funds.

For more information about the subsidy, email gaps@medway.gov.uk

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