A local employment expert has urged business owners to consider hiring apprentices to underpin their ambitions for growth during such a challenging economic period.

Bernadette Baptiste is an Employment Engagement Advisor at Kirklees College, and she believes that apprentices can provide a cost-effective solution for firms eager to expand their operations.

She told Insider Media: “Apprentices are at the heart of every business and benefit both your current and future workforce. Investing in an apprentice can help you to train and upskill your existing staff, as well as recruit new staff to ensure the long-term future of your business.

“By training your workforce within your own business setting, you will build a loyal workforce that is committed to your business values and objectives.

“Offering apprenticeships provides you with the opportunity to develop your team’s skills and knowledge and offers a cost-effective recruitment and training solution.”

The Government recently announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme would be extended until the end of October.

The scheme allows employers to claim up to 70% of the cost of wages for furloughed apprentices, dropping to 60% from October,

Incentives are also available to employers taking on a new apprentice.

At present, employers receive £1,000 for recruiting an apprentice aged between 16 and 18, while an additional £2,000 is available to employers who take on apprentices between 16 and 24-years-old, with £1,500 available for those aged 25 or over.

This is available until January and employers will be expected to apply for this incentive themselves.

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