Local businesses urged to take on an apprentice

Apprentice graduate stylist playforth hairdressing

Local businesses are being encouraged to consider taking on an apprentice and in doing so, take advantage of the District Council’s wage subsidy grant.

The grant provides aid to small Hambleton based businesses in a bid to create new opportunities aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds living in the district.

The scheme, now in its tenth year, has provided more than 240 businesses with a £2,000 grant towards the cost of employing an apprentice over the last decade.

It has already financially assisted many businesses who have employed apprentices in a variety of roles including accountancy, administration, construction, equestrian grooming, dental nursing, digital marketing, hairdressing, hospitality and the motor trade.

Sonny Playforth of Sonny Playforth Hairdressing, Northallerton said: “The benefits of employing an apprentice are having enthusiastic, forward-thinking employees who are determined to grow and flourish.

“Anya Hudson-Stockdale has helped the business by providing support to stylists in the early stage of her apprenticeship through to being a Graduate Stylist with a busy clientele. Anya is forward thinking and innovative with her clients and helps with our creative art team”.

Councillor Mark Robson, Leader of Hambleton District added: “Further studies through A levels and university is not for everyone and it’s important that young people do something that is right for them.

“Apprenticeships offer a real job with hands on experience and a chance to earn while they learn. I hope our local businesses consider offering apprenticeship opportunities as there really is so much benefit to both the business and the young person taking up the apprenticeship.”

More information on the scheme as well as help and advice is available here

or contact Roz.caligari@hambleton.gov.uk or 01609 767058.

Published: 18th July 2022

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