16 February 2012

Last week was the Fifth National Apprentice Week which aimed to raise the profile of apprenticeships amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media. 

Committee member Emma Wilkinson of Wise Employment attended an apprentice information event at the Barnstaple Hotel, meeting with Sarah Grigg, co-ordinator for the Employment Skills Board for North Devon and Robin Makeig-Jones from ND+.  

A number of local companies who are active in apprenticeship schemes were exhibiting at the event.  Some of the exhibitors have been working in partnership with apprentices since the 1970’s and Emma’s aim was to gain an understanding into how best to assist promotion of apprentice schemes for both employers and potential apprentices. 

Sarah Grigg from the Employment Skills Board for North Devon has put together a summary of the main reasons and incentives available when recruiting an apprentice.  It shows the different ages and more importantly the funding that now goes with having an apprentice. Training and even wage subsidies are all now in place.

The summary should make it easier for small businesses to understand what is required and the benefits of taking on an apprentice.  It can be downloaded here, we hope you find it useful.

You can access the main apprenticeship website at for further information.