A NEW campaign has been launched to get more young people into work by recruiting an extra 300 apprentices across Cornwall in the next 100 days.
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson is backing the Cornwall Apprenticeships campaign and is hosting an event in Bodmin for businesses in North Cornwall that might like to take on an apprentice.
The campaign also has the backing of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership through its Employment Skills Board, the National Apprenticeship Service and local businesses.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the campaign – as well as about the support and financial incentives available for taking on an apprentice – can come to Mr Rogerson's event at 4.30pm on January 17 at the St Mary's Parish Centre in Bodmin.
The Government's Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) is available for eligible businesses who take on a young apprentice aged 16 to 24. These grants are worth £1,500 to employers – providing they employ less than 1,000 staff and have not taken on an apprentice in the past 12 months.
Mr Rogerson said: "Young people in North Cornwall are keen to work hard and get out there to find opportunities that will lead to a better future.
"I often hear from business-owners impressed by the dedication and drive of young people on their team.
"In government, Liberal Democrats are committed to helping young people find work and have worked to create 1.5 million new apprenticeships nationally. I look forward to working with Cornish businesses to create even more apprenticeships locally that will help young people, businesses and the Cornish economy alike."
More details on the campaign are available online at www.cornwallap prenticeships.com
Mark Williams, chairman of the Cornwall Training Provider Network, said his organisation was delighted to be launching the campaign alongside Mr Rogerson.
Mr Williams said: "Our network of training providers is dedicated to supporting the development of high-quality apprenticeships in Cornwall. The growth of apprenticeships in the region not only provides significant value to the local economy it creates employment for young people; starting them on pathways that provide the highest lifetime employment rates of any training investment."