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Leading apprentice firms sought

Businesses which have led the way on staff training are being invited to bid for a slice of £10million worth of funding aimed at developing the Government’s Apprenticeship Expansion Programme.

Trials to develop new models for extending apprenticeship are being overseen by the Learning Skills Council and employers have the chance to access funding over the next three years to develop new models for increasing the number of apprenticeship places in the UK.

David Way
, National Director of Apprenticeships at the LSC, said “Given the current economic slowdown it is important that companies continue training their staff to maintain productivity and a competitive edge.

“Employing apprentices is an ideal way for businesses to position themselves as leaders for the recovery. The new funding will make it easier for businesses to do this and provide the opportunity for industry sectors to successfully fill their existing skills gaps”

The new funding is available to large businesses and groups of small and medium sized businesses who have a track record of delivering high quality Apprenticeship programmes.

Financial support will be available to meet the additional costs associated with the trails such as the wage, training and management costs of learners.

The Learning and Skills Council wants to work collaboratively with employers to deliver Apprenticeships in a more innovative and flexible manner.

For more information call the Learning and Skills Council on 024 7682 3668 or visit

The deadline for expressions of interest is 16 January 2009.