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News: How we’re helping local businesses to unlock government funding.

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Nottingham College have continued to support local businesses of all shapes and sizes with the recruitment of apprentices throughout the pandemic and are helping industries to navigate and unlock the huge range of government incentives there are to recruit apprentices.

Following the launch of the fantastic financial apprenticeship incentives in April, we have had many expressions of interest from employers asking for support to help find the perfect candidate to grow their business and claim up to £4000 of government funding.

Hear from local businesses from the hair and beauty, childcare and construction industries on how Nottingham College has supported them to recruit candidates, provide training and benefit from government financial incentives.

Altered Images Hair Salon

Anna was able to recruit an apprentice thanks to government funding.

Altered Images hair salon in Draycott, Derbyshire recently took advantage of government incentive funding and successfully recruited an apprentice with the help of Nottingham College. 

As a small business owner, Anna Purdy was initially worried about the processes involved in hiring and training an apprentice. She tells us how the Business Engagement Team helped her to secure funding and recruit the perfect candidate for her vacancy.

Recruiting a hairdressing apprentice was something I was thinking about for a long time but being a small business, I didn’t know where to start. I reached out to Nottingham College and they helped me every step of the way. 

Starting a career in hairdressing can be challenging as well as rewarding, so finding the right candidate was really important. From advertising and recruitment, through to securing incentive funding from the government, the team at Nottingham College were very helpful and supportive. They answered all my queries and made the entire process a very smooth one. 

I can’t thank the team enough for their help, especially as times have been so uncertain during the pandemic. 

 — Anna Purdy

Serendipitys Day Nurseries, Nottinghamshire

Serendipitys operate 5 day nurseries, based in Bingham, Balderton, Newark, Cotgrave and Grantham. Our team helped Serendipitys to set up their digital services account so they could secure funding to train apprentices. As a result, the organisation have successfully recruited 2 further apprentices who are now an integral part of their team

The team at Nottingham College were invaluable in helping us to set up our digital services account so we can access funding for recruiting apprentices. 

They made the process incredibly easy and as a result we have recruited a further 2 apprentices who have made a fantastic addition to our work force. 

If you’re a business considering hiring an apprentice, we would highly recommend it. The team at Nottingham College made us realise it is much easier than we thought and are there to help us every step of the way. 

 — Serendipitys Day Nurseries,

Niblett and Price

Apprentice Billy Butler is one of the 7 new recruits at Niblett and Price.

Construction firm Niblett and Price, based in Mansfield, have also taken advantage of new government incentives and were able to access the funding thanks to the help of our team who guided them through the process. 

Like many businesses, when the pandemic began they felt they would be unable to expand. However, as a result of securing funding Niblett and Price have been able to grow their workforce, successfully recruiting 7 local apprentices who are now enrolled on our Bricklaying apprenticeship standard. 

The new grant scheme has given our business the chance to expand and recruit 7 new local apprentices which in these uncertain times wouldn’t have been able to happen without the grants in place. 

Claiming the grants was an easy process thanks to Anja and the team at Nottingham College. 

 — Josh Niblett.

Interesting in unlocking funding for your business?

Hiring an apprentice can be a fantastic way to expand, upskill and bring new ideas into your workforce. 

As an employer you can take advantage of grants and funding of up to £4000 to pay for training if you recruit an apprentice before September 2021. Our team of business experts can explain how to unlock these opportunities – get in touch today!

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  • 30th April 2021 (6:48 AM)
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