A financial incentive has been launched by a Staffordshire college to help boost apprenticeship numbers in the area.
Stoke on Trent College is now offering £200 to young people in the region who are able to secure their own job as an apprentice.
It comes after David Cameron outlined plans to increase the number of quality apprenticeships and give businesses a say on how they are run. The government are pledging to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.
Those aged 16 to 24 years considering an apprenticeship will now receive the boost once an employer takes them on. The college are offering to help young people find employment thanks to a series of job search workshops, support and consultation to employers who have limited or no experience of Apprenticeships.
Stoke on Trent College is currently the largest supplier of apprenticeships in the region, working with more than 1500 employers including the NHS, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.
Lisa Davies, Recruitment Manager for Stoke on Trent College, said: “Apprenticeships are a fantastic way for young people to earn whilst they learn, yet many people are still unaware of their benefits.
“They provide the learner with industry skills and qualifications that have helped people progress from junior support roles to management, in a great range of industries including health, engineering, finance and construction.
“Companies taking on employees are also benefitting from government cash incentives, as well as gaining new, fresh and forward thinking talent.
“We hope this new financial incentive for young people, as well as the existing ones for businesses, will help bridge the gap between young people considering an apprenticeship and the local companies looking to find the right candidates to join their team.”
Mark Whittaker, Head of Marketing and Admissions, added: “We launched the £200 incentive at our recent Open Event and it generated lots of interest from keen young people who now have a great reason to find their own employer.
As a college, we feel that this can only be positive in boosting the number of employees who will now become aware of apprenticeships and the talented local young people they could be taking on in their business.”
Anyone wishing to find out more about Apprenticeships should call the college on 01782 603603 or visit www.stokecoll.ac.uk.