The “Growing the Humber” scheme, backed by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF), has launched a South Bank Engineering Apprenticeship programme, available to businesses in both North and North East Lincolnshire. The programme offers a grant of £6,000 towards the first year wage costs of a new level three engineering apprentice.
The scheme is part of a wider job creation programme delivered through the RGF “Growing the Humber” Programme which is managed by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC).
The aim of the grant is to support businesses across both North and North East Lincolnshire to create new and additional level three engineering apprenticeship place opportunities for young people to access.
The grant payment of £6,000 is exempt from VAT and is offered as a contribution towards the cost of the first year’s wages so this benefits those businesses who would like to grow and develop their businesses by taking on an additional engineering apprentice.
The £30 million “Growing the Humber” programme was launched in February this year having been awarded this amount from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. The programme offers a range of help to businesses including grants available for projects such as; capital investment in land, buildings and machinery, research and development projects and workforce development, as well as the engineering apprenticeship scheme.
Applications to the South Bank Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme will be accepted up to 31 September 2013 and all apprentices need to be recruited and in post by 31 October 2013.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP said: “We must encourage employers to invest in their workforce and this provides an excellent opportunity to help them to do so. Apprentices bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas, loyalty and commitment to firms and provide a home grown workforce to help businesses prosper.”
Councillor Chris Shaw, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “This apprenticeship scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for businesses to access funding towards an additional engineering apprenticeship place, to help their business develop and grow, prepare a workforce ready for the future and at the same time give a young person a great career opportunity.”
If you are interested in the scheme or would like some further information please contact us as soon as possible on (01472) 326142 or visit http://www.nelincs.gov.uk/business/regional-growth-funding where an employers fact sheet can be found.
The Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £2.6 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2016. It supports projects and programmes that lever private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment.
The first three rounds will generate over £13 billion of private sector investment and create or safeguard over 500,000 jobs. The fourth round of RGF closed in March and will make a further £350 million available for different projects and programmes closed. For more information please go to: www.gov.uk/understanding-the-regional-growth-fund