Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld: 30 October

First published in the Worcester News on 30.10.20

As we head towards the end of the year, we are still seeing new support being made available to help businesses to grow and adapt during these challenging times.

This new support addresses skills and recruitment needs, one of the main areas where organisations look for guidance.

Working with our partners at Worcestershire County Council, over £250,000 of Apprenticeship funding is being made available to support local businesses with hiring and training apprentices.

This funding support will help with the county’s economy recover from the financial effects of COVID 19, with an aim to directly address skills shortages in the region and create apprenticeships for disadvantaged groups.

This is a great measure for our local business community to use to address the skills challenges they face and build an effective future workforce.

I think this is a great new support package for businesses and it should help more companies to offer apprenticeship placements.

We want to encourage more businesses to offer young people opportunities and whether it be through apprenticeships, work experience or the new kickstarts, this funding gives organisations another incentive.

The COVID-19 pandemic will have an untold impact for young people in the county and I hope to hear more stories and case studies of how businesses are supporting young people during this crucial time in their development.

It is worth also mentioning that alongside this new apprenticeship funding, there are also incentives available for businesses taking on interns and kickstarts. All this information can be found on the Worcestershire Business Central website.

If you would like more information on any of these support packages and how you can access them, please contact the Worcestershire Business Central team on the details below.

Visit www.business-central.co.uk or email info@business-central.co.uk or call 01905 677 888