Apprentice scheme going down well with businesses

Jack Armitstead, an apprentice at Bookers and Bolton Solicitors, Alton
Jack Armitstead, an apprentice at Bookers and Bolton Solicitors, Alton
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Businesses have been snapping up apprentices over the past two years thanks to a scheme run by East 
Hampshire District Council.

The initiative, called Get East Hants Working, helps fund wages, training and transport costs for apprentices from the district.

Since its launch in July 2013, 24 apprentices have been taken on in the district as a direct result of the scheme.

The help with wages ensures that apprentices earn the national minimum wage or above.

Cllr Nick Drew, portfolio holder for economic development at EHDC, said: ‘Our apprenticeship scheme has had a huge impact, with 24 apprentices employed as a direct result of our support over the last two years.

‘Like the government, EHDC is committed to apprenticeships as a means of giving people the skills they need leading to gainful employment.’

Local businesses have been very supportive of the scheme and seized the opportunity to take on apprentices.

Jack Armitstead, 22, an apprentice at Bookers and Bolton Solicitors in Alton, said: ‘I had studied law at A-level but now I am actually doing the job and picking up so much practical experience they never taught me at college.

‘Without this scheme I wouldn’t have had the chance to gain the skills I have and get a foot in the door of the legal profession.

‘It’s given me a lot more confidence to go out and say “this is what I can do”.’

East Hampshire companies who would like to take advantage of the scheme 
are invited to make an expression of interest and should contact