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100,000 boost for apprenticeships

Mon 12 March 2012, 12:51 pm

Medway Council has agreed a further 100,000 of funding for apprenticeships in the area.

The move comes after the announcement that council apprenticeship schemes have created 250 new places over the past year.

After the success of last summer's '100 in 100' campaign to create 100 apprenticeships in 100 days, which created 190 trainee positions, the council launched its own subsidy scheme to help businesses last October. 

The new funding will ebable the continuation of this GAPs scheme, which offers small to medium Medway businesses a £2,000 subsidy towards an apprentice’s training or wage costs. Funding for the £200,000 initiative was originally split equally by the council and Interreg 2 Seas programme under the European Regional Development Fund but came to an end this March. 

Medway Council’s portfolio holder for strategic development and economic growth, Jane Chitty, said: "We are dedicated to supporting growth in Medway to create employment and help businesses thrive which is why we have our range of business loans and grants as well as our continued commitment to apprenticeships. 

“This funding makes it possible for us to continue our work supporting apprenticeships, which is an absolute priority for the council. 

“We believe apprenticeships are vital in helping people get ahead and gain invaluable skills that will stand them in good stead for the future and help them get a foot on the career ladder." 

For more information on any of the initiatives available to support businesses in Medway, email business.support@medway.gov.uk

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