Minister for Apprenticeships, Iain Wright MP, came to Worsley on Thursday 11th March to meet a new apprentice just recruited by Worsley firm, Allen Tree Services.
Allen Tree Services took on the apprentice, Adam Arnold from Swinton, and benefited from the Apprenticeships Grants for Employers scheme. The scheme gives a grant of £2,500 across twenty months to help with the start-up costs of recruiting an apprentice and starting their apprenticeship.
Three hundred and fifty North West firms like Allen Tree Services have accessed the Apprenticeships Grant scheme to recruit 16 and 17 year olds as apprentices. Allen Tree Services is a horticultural and landscaping business based in Hazlehurst Road, Worsley. Adam Arnold and his employer Chris Allen were working on the removal of a tree at the garden of a home in Worsley.
Meeting Iain Wright on his visit were a team representing Worsley MP Barbara Keeley, including Cllr Eric Burgoyne, Brendan Ryan (Labour candidate for Walkden South) and Adrian Brocklehurst (Labour candidate for Walkden North). The minister asked about how the grant to employers was helping with recruitment and also about what support Allen Tree Services had had from the National Apprenticeship Service and the training provider for the apprenticeship (Myerscough College).
Commenting on the Apprenticeships Grants for Employers Scheme, Barbara said:
“It’s great to know that a young person from Salford is now being employed as an apprentice under this scheme by local business Allen Tree Services. Apprenticeships are a vital way for young people to move into employment and having this Government grant is a help to employers to get an apprenticeship started. Adam Arnold started work just before his 18th birthday and I hope the scheme works out well for him and for Allen Tree Services.”
“There is still time for other local employers to benefit from an Apprenticeships Grant from the Government if they take on a young person aged 16 or 17 who is unemployed. Also, any 16 or 17 year olds in Salford who are unemployed can register their interest on apprenticeships.org.uk. I hope many do that, because it will help them to be connected with employers looking to recruit apprentices."
(Left to right) Adrian Brocklehurst, Brendan Ryan, Cllr Eric Burgoyne, Minister for Apprenticeships, Iain Wright MP, new apprentice Adam Arnold and employer, Chris Allen of Allen Tree Services.