THERE is even more incentive for employers in Devon to take on an apprentice after the Government extended the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16- to 24-year-olds.
It means the grant will be available for new starters until the end of December 2014.
Companies with up to 1,000 employees can take advantage of the £1,500 grant, which it is hoped will help small and medium sized business to take on an additional 35,000 young apprentices. Almost 30,000 young people have so far been taken on with assistance from the grant.
Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "Small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and by extending the £1,500 grant for a further year we will give them the skills they need to grow and help 35,000 more young people into meaningful employment."
The Government is also consulting on long term measures to reform apprenticeships.
Employers could be funded directly to purchase the apprenticeship training they want under proposals put forward by entrepreneur Doug Richard.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Employers are the best people to judge what training is worth investing in. These reforms will mean just that.
"It gives them the power to train their staff to make sure their skills are relevant to the company, while choosing from the wide range of courses available."
A fact sheet for employers about the grant is available on the Apprenticeships website at apprenticeships.org.uk.
The National Apprenticeship Service has also posted a film entitled 'How to Hire an Apprentice' on apprentice.tv to guide employers through the process of recruiting.