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Queensgate Market Hall traders hail success of apprenticeships for small
Stall holders from Queensgate Market Hall are full of praise for apprentices, who they say have helped their businesses boom since they took them on.
It was made possible thanks to a pilot project by Kirklees Apprenticeship Hub, who have been supporting several traders to take on new recruits and tackle false beliefs that they would be financially unviable.
Amongst the employers who signed up was David Price-Baghurst, who owns four stalls in the market.
He said: “Business Brokers from the hub went through the details with me and I realised that this was an opportunity for us to improve the next generation and to bring people on in our way of selling and our way of doing business.
“We’ve now got three apprentices working within the business and we teach them everything they need to be a successful shop keeper - selling techniques, buying and stock taking.
“At the moment, we are looking to employ all three of our apprentices when they finish their training and I will then be looking to take on more apprentices.”
David made his remarks following recent government changes, which now mean that the financial support for apprenticeship schemes worth up to £1500 can be obtained by businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
He is now encouraging more small businesses to take on apprentices themselves.
David said: “I would encourage every business to think in the same way, as apprentices can be of use to any business of any size.
“What made it easy for us was the support we received from the Kirklees Apprenticeship Hub, who put us in touch with a suitable training provider who presented us with the best candidates to interview and then followed it up with training support.
“The help and guidance makes all the difference and when I need to recruit in the future, apprenticeships will be the first thing I consider.”
To date the hub has supported just under 200 businesses to take on young people aged between 16 and 24, which allowed 209 young people starting an apprenticeship.
Pictured above David Price-Baghurst and his three apprentices - courtesy of The Huddersfield Examiner
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