Small Businesses Should Take Advantage Of £2,500 Apprenticeship Grant

SMALL BUSINESSES IN ESSEX should make the most of a new Government grant announced this week to help them employ apprentices, says Essex Federation of Small Businesses.

Essex FSB Education, Skills and Business Support spokesman, David Miles, said: “The Government this week announced that for every apprentice aged 16 or 17 that a firm takes on they will receive £2,500 to help with the salary costs as well as having all the training costs paid for.

“That is a big boost for a small business and we hope that a lot of Essex businesses will take advantage of this opportunity to recruit additional staff to help them as we head out of recession.

“Coupled with the work being done by Essex County Council through its apprenticeship scheme this offer makes employing a young person a very attractive option for local firms.”

Further details on the £2,500 grant plus the range of apprenticeships available will be available at a free to attend meeting on Thursday 04 February 2010 being held at Stansted.

More details and bookings are available at www.fsb.org.uk/essex/apprenticeships-briefing.

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