Liverpool city Council has announced the creation of the Liverpool Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy which will fund the first six months salary of 700 16 and 17 years old apprentices. The scheme aims to encourage employers to hire young teenagers who lack relevant qualifications, skills or experience.
Employers who will benefit from the Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy will have to demonstrate a real commitment to providing a long term apprenticeship with a real job opportunity at the end of the programme.
Councillor Nick Small, Cabinet member for employment, enterprise and skills stated:
“This project is aimed at giving opportunities to those young people who haven’t been able to get the skills and experience to be in with a chance of competing for a job. We have to encourage employers to look beyond this and harness the raw potential that exists among many of our teenagers. It is absolutely vital we don’t end up with a lost generation of teenagers who aren’t given the opportunity to achieve their potential.”