Suffolk and Norfolk businesses set for extra boost for Apprentices

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Apprenticeships Suffolk and Apprenticeships Norfolk are launching a reward package - providing £1000 grants for businesses.

Apprenticeships Suffolk and Apprenticeships Norfolk are launching a reward package; Recruit | Retain | Reward - providing £1000 grants for businesses taking on new and/or redundant young apprentices, aged 16-24.

In a bid to give small and medium sized Suffolk and Norfolk businesses as much support as possible, the project aims to offer a flexible ‘Apprenticeship Incentive Fund’ of £1000 giving businesses a boost to recruit their workforce of the future.

Employers who take on apprentices can experience a wide range of benefits; developing apprentices’ skills to be relevant to the organisation, along with improved productivity, better quality of product or service, and higher staff morale are benefits highlighted by around three-quarters of employers. More than 8 out 10 employers recommend an apprenticeship to others *

The new incentive scheme across Suffolk & Norfolk, will complement and further enhance the new government apprenticeship incentives announced recently by the chancellor Rishi Sunak (£2000 for 16-24, £1500 for 25+), and also the existing age incentives of £1000 for 16-18s**

** 19-24 with Education Health Care Plan

In addition to the one-off financial payment, there will also be continued support for organisations who are new to apprenticeships. A collection of online resources are being created to support businesses employing an apprentice for the first time. This includes practical guidance and useful information from existing, local apprenticeship ambassadors to help add real value to the business.

It is hoped that the project, which is sponsored by the East of England Employer Ambassador Apprenticeship Network, will encourage apprenticeship starts across Suffolk and Norfolk, post Covid-19.

Suffolk County Councillor Mary Evans, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education and Skills said:

“I am delighted to see the launch of this reward package for businesses in Suffolk. The project provides an excellent package of support for our local employers who are keen to find & develop emerging talent and invest in the future growth of their organisation.”

Norfolk County Councillor Graham Plant, Cabinet Member for Growing the Economy said:

“We know that apprentices can bring real innovation & value to an organisation and as businesses begin to develop new ways of working post CV19, this project provides a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to support young people in Norfolk through an apprenticeship scheme.”

Apprenticeships Suffolk and Apprenticeships Norfolk provides an impartial service to all employers, providers, apprentices and stakeholders. Further details of the project can be found here: apprenticeshipssuffolk.org and apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org