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Recruit:Adrian Roscoe
Recruit:Adrian Roscoe
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A Business Centre boss is urging local employers not to miss out on an apprenticeship fund that rewards employers who recruit apprentices for the first time.

Led by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) offers an incentive of £1,500 to employers to help them recruit their first 16 to 24 year old apprentice.

A total of 40,000 AGEs are available and more than 30 local businesses have already accessed the funding through Runshaw.

Adrian Roscoe, centre manager at Runshaw College’s Runshaw Business Centre, said this is good news for employers thinking of expanding their teams by investing in a young person.

He said: “From speaking to local employers we know that many of them want to recruit new staff and the AGE grant can give them a helping hand to do that,” he said.

“That is where this initiative can help because it gives businesses a helping hand to recruit an apprentice.