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£2500 for businesses taking on a Higher Apprentice
28th November 2013

Are you a West Sussex business that wants to up-skill your workforce, improve productivity and get a great return on your investment?

West Sussex County Council is offering grants of £2,500 to companies across the county towards the cost of taking on a higher apprentice.

Higher apprenticeships differ from other apprenticeships because they allow managers to recruit someone who has some existing experience and/or a higher academic qualification.

Employers can use the funding on offer from West Sussex County Council to contribute towards the salary costs of a new higher apprentice or to up-skill current members of staff by putting them through a higher apprenticeship.

Bognor Regis based Real Time DC has been one of the first successful companies to apply for a grant.

Brian Pellett, General Manager at Real Time DC, said: “It is important to the growth of our business that we have the correct mix of sales and technical skills. The Higher Apprentice Scheme allows a good mix of external technical training we cannot provide whilst receiving our training on products and customer skills. The award of the grant provided the encouragement we needed to invest.”

The funding has been made available through West Sussex County Council’s Be The Business initiative, launched earlier this year to help boost the economy.

Training apprentices can be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs. Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. What’s more, as well as the funding on offer by West Sussex County Council, further government support might also be available.

West Sussex County Council’s ambition is to create 50 new higher apprentices across the county by February 2015.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith encouraged organisation of all sizes to find out how the grants could benefit them.

Louise said: “Higher Apprenticeships will help young people across the county gain confidence and get some valuable experience of working for a local organisation which is all about developing a well trained work force in West Sussex to help our economy.”

For more information visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/apprenticeshipgrants.

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