Young people encouraged to take up apprenticeships with new bursaries from Wychavon

June 30 2020
Young people encouraged to take up apprenticeships with new bursaries from Wychavon

New bursaries have been made available by Wychavon District Council to encourage young people across the district to enroll in an apprenticeship.

Apprentices can apply for help with the cost of travel, clothing and tools or equipment.

The following bursaries are available:

  • Maximum of £50 per month for up to six months for travel expenses
  • One-off grant payment with a maximum value of £75 for clothing
  • One-off grant payment with a maximum value of £100 for tools or equipment

To qualify for a grant, apprentices will need to be aged between 16 and 24, have a salary of £175 or less a week (this can be flexible depending on individual circumstances) and live in Wychavon district.

The aim of the bursaries is to encourage more people to consider an apprenticeship as a viable career choice and help them overcome cost barriers.

More apprenticeship qualifications are being made available and some industries now offer degree level apprenticeships, which provide work experience while studying for a degree.

Conservative councillor Richard Morris, Wychavon’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Tourism, said: “We pride ourselves on helping people to take up an apprenticeship and we hope that these grants show people that apprenticeships are not just a secondary option to University.

“Hopefully, this initiative will also support individuals through Covid-19.”

Funding will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

To apply for a bursary, complete the application form at www.wychavon.gov.uk/business/apprenticeships and send it to Wychavon’s Skills Officer, Sue Owens, at Sue.Owens@wychavon.gov.uk.