Lancashire training firm says now is the time to consider apprenticeships

Businesses across Lancashire should be bold and invest in apprenticeships, according to a county training provider.

By Tim Gavell
Tuesday, 14th July 2020, 3:30 pm

Briony Fawcett of PHX Training, which has centres in Blackpool and Preston, said the government’s new kickstart scheme can support businesses looking to grow after lockdown.

From August 1, businesses will be paid £2,000 for each new apprentice hired under 25, and £1,500 for any new apprentices over 25.

The scheme is in addition to the existing £1,000 grant that the government offers to business who take on young apprentices between 16 and 18. According to Briony, apprentices are proven to help businesses grow.

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Briony Fawcett

She said: “The Government is right to invest in apprenticeships, as studies show that they can help businesses return to growth. Apprentices are not just an extra pair of hands, but they can offer a fresh outlook to a business as they study for their qualifications and learn their trade within your company.

“Apprentices not only create a dynamic workforce but they also tend to have a greater loyalty to the firm who hired them, meaning better staff retention.”