Apprenticeship Grant doubled for London’s hospitality firms

The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) has been doubled by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) for hospitality businesses, in an aim to encourage more companies to take on more apprentices.

Employers based in London will be able to receive an extra £3,000 from the London Enterprise Panel, adding this amount to the £1,500 already on offer to bosses. The deadline for employers to apply for the scheme is December 31st (2013).

The news comes after the UK government promised at the start of 2013 that the AGE grant was going to be extending to all businesses with up to 1,000 employees, until at least March 2014. Currently, the AGE grant can be used to pay for any apprentice aged between 16 and 24, and all of these grants will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so employers must be quick.

Alex Khan, chief executive of Lifetime Training, said: “Apprentices can form the bedrock of start-up businesses offering them extra support where they need it most and can be used to fill skills gaps.

"The enhanced grant is great news for London employers and young people. Thanks to the NAS, there’s no better time than now for businesses to take on their first apprentice and start reaping the benefits of enthusiastic and motivated learners.”

The AGE grant can be used for any apprentice aged between 16 and 24 and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The main aim behind the grant is to encourage more organisations to take apprentices on and potentially create further hospitality jobs within the industry. Past cases have shown that many of these apprentices have then been offered part- or full-time employment after the apprenticeship has ended.

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Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency providing hospitality employment solutions.