SIXTEEN-year-old Carly Newby has become the first apprentice in Huddersfield on a new funding scheme.
Carly has been given the chance to kick-start her career after employer Scott Brothers Enterprises Ltd secured an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers 16-17 (AGE 16-17).
The scheme, which is provided through the National Apprenticeship Service – offers businesses a £2,500 bonus for each unemployed 16 or 17-year-old they employ as an apprentice.
That has enabled the concrete mouldings manufacturer to give Carly the vital career break she needed.
Other businesses across Kirklees have also provisionally secured funding under AGE 16-17 and other 16 to 17-year-olds are being urged to register their interest.
Carly will now embark on a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship at Scott Brothers. The company based at Nile Street, off St Thomas’ Road, is delivering Carly’s apprenticeship in partnership with CMS Vocational Training Ltd.
Carly said: "Having left school, I was worried about my future career prospects, but this opportunity has turned my life around.
"I’m really excited to be doing an apprenticeship as it will give me the chance to gain nationally recognised qualifications and I can earn while I learn."
Nick Wilson, regional director for the National Apprenticeship Service in Yorkshire, said the new grants were providing opportunities and opening doors to talented young apprentices while providing a boost to employers.
Apprenticeships now span 190 careers across 80 industry sectors – from accountancy and engineering to construction, catering, the creative industries and sport.
In the last decade, Apprenticeship numbers have more than trebled, with firms of all sizes reaping the business benefits of employing an apprentice.
The NAS provides a network of services and support to employers, while helping learners during their first steps towards finding an apprenticeship – from a helpline to an online vacancy matching service that helps businesses find apprentices.
Anyone aged 16-17 who is interested in starting an Apprenticeship locally through the various opportunities created by the AGE 16-17, should register their details via the online vacancy matching service at www.apprenticeships.org.uk or phone 08000 150600.