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£4K grants for Scottish employers as apprenticeships rise

Posted by | 2nd July 2015 | Apprenticeship News, Uncategorized

Employers in Scotland can get Government grants of around £4,000 for hiring young, inexperienced and vulnerable new workers.

The new employer recruitment initiative, backed by £10million of Scottish Government money, is designed to incentivise employers to take on young staff who have struggled to find or hold down a job.

The new programme replaces a previous scheme which created up to 10,000 job opportunities across Scotland.

The incentive offers employers around £4,000 to offset the additional costs of recruiting and employing a young person, including equipment and staff time for training and induction.

Colin Borland, head of external affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “By connecting Scotland’s enthusiastic but inexperienced young people with the country’s army of small firms, we can boost businesses and develop skills for life.

“These helpful incentives mitigate some costs associated with the very smallest businesses expanding their headcount.

“We’ve made the case to the Scottish Government and to local authorities about the need to simplify existing programmes. We welcome this new employer recruitment Incentive which should make it easier for small firms to access the help they need.”

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