A SCHEME to encourage employers to hire apprentices is coming to an end.

Brighton and Hove City Council have confirmed that the scheme that allowed employers to apply for £3,000 cash incentives for each new apprentice will end on September 30.

From June 2021, employers of all sizes in England were offered extra funding to help them take on new apprentices. The incentive was set up to help employers invest in improves the skills of the workforce.

The scheme was part of the government's Plan for Jobs, designed to help the country's economic recovery by offering more training and employment opportunities for people of all ages.

Councillor Hannah Clare, chairwoman of the Children, Young People and Skills Committee, says: "Employers considering hiring an apprentice should take action now.

"Anyone over 16 can start an apprenticeship. They're open to people starting or changing their career or who wish to up-skill in a current job.

"Hiring an apprentice has many benefits for employers.

"Training can be adapted to suit the needs of their business, and they can expand and up-skill their workforce while also offering people from the local community valuable learning experiences".

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Apprenticeships are available at all levels, from GSCEs and equivalents to degree levels. There are more than 800 types of apprenticeship job roles in 170 different industries.

These industries include law, graphic design, advertising, electric vehicle engineering, health and social care, and teaching and management.

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