Kent Science Park & Mid Kent College are hosting a free lunch event on 14th March to show local companies how taking on an apprentice could benefit their business. There will also be detailed information on the funding options available.
Mid Kent College offers more than 40 different apprenticeships across a range of industry sectors. More than 100,000 employers currently use apprenticeships to attract new talent to their organisations and tackle skills shortages. The benefits of taking on an apprentice can include reducing training and recruitment costs, whilst developing a skilled and motivated workforce.
This event is an ideal opportunity for local employers to speak directly to Mid Kent College about how taking on an apprentice can meet their business’ training and recruitment needs. They will also be able to discuss the financial help on offer, including fully funded training for 16-18 year old apprentices; and co-funding for 19+ year olds. For SMEs there will also be information on the various grants and incentives on offer.
Julie Coleman, Manager of the Kent Science Resource Centre has been involved in arranging the event. She commented on why she felt it would be useful for local companies:
“This free workshop is a must attend for anyone thinking of taking on an apprentice. It might not have been something you have considered before, but the beauty of an apprentice is that there is financial help available; depending on the age of the person you take on. This seminar is an ideal opportunity to find out what taking on an apprentice entails and how getting one could benefit your company.”
James Speck, Site Director at Kent Science Park also commented on the importance of apprenticeships:
“There are many young people out there with qualifications in science, who are interested in going into science as a career but are currently unable to get their first start in the industry. These people are the future of scientific development in this country, and as a society, it is vital that we start training them. Apprentices are an important resource for any company as they bring with them fresh perspectives, new ideas and innovations.”
If you would be interested in attending the free event at Kent Science Park, places can be booked by visiting www.kentsciencepark.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.