A new apprenticeship scholarship programme has launched, to give two construction firms in Blackpool the chance to get an apprentice funded for 12 months.
The initiative is being launched by construction audit, contract and payroll provider, Hudson Contract, to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Hudson Contract will sponsor the apprentices by covering their salaries for a year.
Blackpool firms can be in with a chance of gaining one of the apprentices by visiting http://www.hudsoncontract.co.uk/scholarship/ and describing in up to 100 words how an apprentice can benefit their company.
With the scholarship scheme designed to help support the future of the construction industry, recent government figures reveal that there has been year-on-year growth in apprentice starts across England.
There was a record 18,290 construction apprenticeship programme starts in 2014/2015 compared to 15,890 in the previous year.
Ian Anfield, managing director of Hudson Contract, said: “Having worked in the construction industry for 20 years, we’re a business that is passionate about investing in apprenticeships.
“The building trade is one of the biggest apprenticeship employers, and with a serious skills shortage impacting the sector we really wanted to give something back to construction firms in the North West of all shapes and sizes.
“Hopefully it can also provide the perfect platform for two apprentices to kick-start their careers.”
The new scholarships coincide with Hudson Contract’s ongoing apprentice support.
Through its successful Apprenticeship Scheme, the company has now part-funded over 70 apprentices since 2011.
For more visit http://www.hudsoncontract.co.uk/scholarship/