Barnet find cash for apprenticeship scheme

Barnet Council has announced proposals for a £1m Skills, Employment and Enterprise Action Plan aimed at 16-24 year old NEETs.

The Plan aims to give unemployed young people not in employment, education or training their first experience of the world of work. Financial support will be available to Barnet businesses which take on a young person as an apprentice or intern.

It also supports voluntary organisations which give unemployed young people work experience.   The programme would be funded from a £5million service improvement fund created under the current budget.

Announcing the proposals, Barnet Council Leader Richard Cornelius, said: “I want to support the borough’s businesses and I hope that businesses who may have been considering hiring a new member of staff will take that step thanks to this support.”

The activities outlined in the plan include support for the Apprenticeship Training Agency and its work in the borough support for small and medium size enterprises which take on a 19-24 year old apprentice or an intern, an intern scheme at the council, and the development of a retail skills ‘one stop shop’ support for young entrepreneurs and graduates.

The action plan will go to Cabinet for a final decision on 20 June..

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