Creative businesses in Nottinghamshire looking to take on their first apprentice are set to benefit from a new funding and support scheme.
The Nottinghamshire County Council Creative Apprenticeships Scheme is making ten supported apprenticeships available, to be delivered in partnership with Futures, New College Nottingham and the Nottingham Craft Academy.
Grants of up to £1,500 are available to businesses, with additional specialist craft support being provided by Debbie Bryan of the Nottingham Craft Academy.
Artists, design makers, creative orgnaisations, creative retailers, galleries and museums are all eligible for the programme.
This new initiative follows the success of the County Council’s Say Yes to Apprenticeships project, which has helped fund more than 175 apprentices nationwide since 2014.
Councillor Diana Meale, chair of economic development at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “As we have already seen through our Say Yes to Apprenticeships scheme, apprentices can offer a wide range of benefits for small businesses, bringing enthusiasm. fresh ideas and increased productivity.
“Creative and digital industries have been identified by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership as priority sectors for the area and have a great deal of potential for growth.
“Many of the creative industry companies in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are part of the 85% of micro businesses in the area which would benefit enormously from the input of an apprentice but can sometimes lack the capacity and funding to take one on. We hope this project can help to plug that gap and at the same time, increase the breadth of specialist craft apprenticeship opportunities available for young people in Nottinghamshire”.
Funding is only available to businesses based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City).