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Incentives boost for West Norfolk employers recruiting new apprentices





Boosted incentive grants for businesses in Norfolk taking on young apprentices are now available.

The recruit, retain and reward package from Apprenticeships Norfolk will support businesses to take on new and or redundant apprentices in the 16 to 24 age group.

In a bid to give small and medium-sized West Norfolk businesses as much support as possible, the flexible Apprenticeship Incentive Fund is set to increase incentives up to £2000 for new apprenticeships starts employed on or after October 1 2021.

Local incentives boost for West Norfolk employers recruiting a new apprentice. (51875479)
Local incentives boost for West Norfolk employers recruiting a new apprentice. (51875479)

This increased grant will provide enhanced support for local businesses looking to recruit their workforce of the future.

Norfolk county councillor Graham Plant, cabinet member for growing the economy, said: “We know that apprentices can bring real innovation and value to an organisation, especially as businesses begin to develop new ways of working post Covid-19.

"This package of support gives our local employers the support they need to recruit emerging talent and invest in the future growth of their organisation.”

Following the conclusion of the HM Government apprenticeship incentive scheme which was available until September 30 2021, as part of the national plan for jobs, the increased incentives are being provided by Norfolk county council. Apprenticeships Norfolk grants will continue to complement the existing age incentives of £1000 that are provided by the government for employers recruiting those aged 16 to18.

In addition to the one-off financial payment, there will also be continued support for organisations who are new to apprenticeships.

This includes practical and impartial guidance and useful information from the Apprenticeships Norfolk team who are on hand to help businesses get started.

It is hoped that the project, which is sponsored by the East of England employer ambassador apprenticeship network, will continue to encourage new apprenticeship starts across Norfolk for those aged 16 to 24.

Employers who take on apprentices can experience a wide range of benefits in developing apprentices’ skills to be relevant to the organisation, along with improved productivity.

Better quality of product or service, and higher staff morale are benefits highlighted by around three-quarters of employers.

More than 8 out 10 employers recommend an apprenticeship to others.



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