Boost to SME Training and Apprenticeships

Employers wanting to upskill existing staff or build their workforce by looking into apprenticeships have a new year boost to their plans with the arrival of the Apprenticeship Hub Service.

The Hub helps businesses with less than 250 employees throughout North Yorkshire, York and East Riding understand the types of training available, much of which is fully funded and offers advice and signposting on apprenticeships.

The free impartial advice to employers is a key aspect of the service and it aims to help them understand the wide range of apprenticeships available, which type of training would suit the needs of their business and where they can get that training.

Part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) the new service can also explain to employers the changes coming about later in the year with the apprenticeship reforms and levy.

Via the project, funding is available for employers who want to ensure those over 19 in their existing workforce have the skills to help improve their business. Over 1000 businesses are set to be helped with 1300 adult workers accessing training that leads to an apprenticeship.

The £2m ESF contract, awarded by the Skills Funding Agency through the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is led and managed by the Grimsby Institute Group and involves more than 10 delivery partners throughout the region.

For more information on the free impartial advice, contact 01723 356288 or or visit