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 Funding for apprenticeships recovery in East Midlands

Funding for apprenticeships recovery in East Midlands

With new Government funding becoming available from this month, employers in the East Midlands are now looking at apprenticeships as part of a strategy to rebuild following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Apprenticeships can be an effective route to employment for the individual and a sound investment for the employer, but uncertainty for employers, an economic downturn and lockdown measures have played havoc with apprenticeships since early 2020.

According to data published by the Department for Education, the number of starts in the East Midlands fell from 35,910 in 2018-19 to 28,560 in 2019-20 (with each 12-month period running from August to July the following year).

Early figures for the start of 2020-21, the most recent available, suggested a slight recovery last year, and now there is new hope in 2022 in the form of more Government help available to employers from this month.

From 11 January 2022, employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices with a start date from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. To make an application, you just need to set up an apprenticeship service account on the Government website:

Market Harborough-based apprenticeships consultant Kerry Linley said:

“The decline in apprenticeships in the region was an inevitable consequence of the pandemic, and this has been a real loss for both potential learners and employers. With Government funding available, now is a very good time for businesses to consider apprenticeships as part of an employment strategy.”

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