Nearly 90% of 16 to 18 year olds in Hampshire already participate in education or training, and many of these also work part-time at the evenings, weekends or during holidays.
There are a range of ways that young people can continue their education or training, including:
As an employer of apprentices? There are no changes for you, as an apprenticeship is classed as continuing in training.
As an employer of other 16 and 17 year olds? young employees who work full-time will be required to take part-time education or training alongside their work. There are no new legal duties on you as an employer, but your young employees will be required to undertake some training alongside their work.
The Government fully funds accredited training for 16 to 18 year olds. This includes training specific to your business needs, as well as English and maths. Employers can also design and fund training programmes of their own, and can work with awarding bodies to get these accredited, or can consider becoming an awarding body themselves. For more information, go to www.awarding.org.uk.
Many employers already encourage and support their younger employees to train through an apprenticeship or part-time study, taken flexibly alongside their job. More information is available about training providers in Hampshire and information about apprenticeships www.apprenticeships.org.uk and www.peta.co.uk/apprenticeships-for-learners.
Young people and businesses see the returns on this training for many years. Increasing the proportion of trained workers in an industry boosts productivity and studies have shown that this adds more value than the increased costs of the wages they receive.
If you are a business employing up to 1000 employees and interested in recruiting a young apprentice you could be eligible to receive the £1,500 grant. The AGE 16 to 24 apprenticeship grant aims to support businesses to grow by providing incentives to assist in offering young people employment. Find out more about Age 16 to 24.