Twenty firms join apprentice grant scheme

Companies in the energy, construction and highways sectors are among those to sign up to the Liverpool Apprenticeship Scheme which aims to place 130 apprenctices in work.

Firms taking part include Elmfield Training, recruiting 60 people to give them the skills to work in sustainable energy, North Liverpool Regeneration Company, which has agreed to take on 10 people and train them in joinery, brick laying and plastering, and the council's joint venture partner, Enterprise Liverpool, which runs refuse, highways and street maintenance in the city and will employ eight apprentices at its Newton Road depot in Old Swan.

The apprenticeships range from 12 months to three years. The scheme is being funded by £300,000 from the city council.

A one-off payment of up to £3,000 per recruit is paid on condition that the apprentices are from Liverpool and aged 16 and over.

The scheme is being promoted by the city council and is supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, the TUC's unionlearn and Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

The business grant scheme is aimed at supporting employers that can fill recognised skills gaps in growth areas such as the Superport, low carbon economy and the knowledge and visitor economies.

  • Applications are open until Friday 21 January through the council's Jobs, Education and Training Service and application details can be found online at

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