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JOB-SEEKERS and young people are being helped on their journey to employment as a council widens the criteria for its apprentice and access to work grants.

Winchester City Council’s scheme has been extended so that apprentices working within the Winchester district, including Denmead, Bishop’s Waltham, Whiteley, and Wickham, can benefit from the scheme.

Portfolio holder for economy Cllr Steve Miller said: ‘We have listened to the views of young people, job-seekers and local employers in amending the criteria for our grants. We hope that the changes, together with our package of support including the successful employment mentoring programme, will continue to help with getting people into training and work.’

The apprentice scheme allocates grants of up to £1,000 to apprentices to cover some basic costs which might otherwise be difficult to finance. The access to work grants for jobseekers can be used for items that are not usually provided by an employer.

The criteria have been amended so that the cash can be used to fund basic qualifications, licences or transportation. For more go to winchester.gov.uk/business/business-grants/

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