Success Stories

Read how being involved in the Apprenticeship scheme has made a difference to young people and the businesses they are working for in Haverhill

Keep young local talent in Haverhill

Are you missing out on £1,500 to take on an apprentice for your business?

Is your company looking to give back to the local community by helping us keep our young local talent in Haverhill?

As part of ONE Haverhill's work on the Haverhill Community Budget a new Youth Skills Manager was appointed in 2013 to work with colleges and businesses in the town to set up more Apprenticeships and work experience places for our young people.


"If more Haverhill firms took on an apprentice it would grow the local economy, getting more young people into jobs and helping Haverhill become a better place to live."

Leighton Symonds
Symtech Plumbing and Heating

Both Samuel Ward Academy and Castle Manor Academy have been rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted and are producing a fantastic pool of young local talent many of whom are keen to stay and take their first step on the career ladder in their home town.

Our goal is to encourage local businesses to take on local home-grown talent and enable more young people to stay in the town by offering apprenticeships.

We are looking for companies willing to take advantage of the Government's grant of £1,500 to assist employers* who commit to offering 16-24 year olds employment through an Apprenticeship programme. The grant is available until the end of 2014 and you can take on up to ten apprentices and receive £1,500 per apprentice. The grant is in addition to the training costs of the Apprenticeship which are met in full for young people aged 16 to 18 and 50% for those aged 19 to 24.

Apprenticeships - What's in it for your business?

By taking on a young person who lives in the town they are more likely to stay and grow with the company. College and university leavers are eager and willing to learn and you can train them in the job specific skills for your business, moulding young people to be the employees you need.

Training is flexible and is predominantly 'on-the-job' so it takes place on your premises, with practical learning benefitting both you and the apprentice.

Young people bring new ideas and new skills to your business. Just think about how quickly a young person masters technology these days!

You are contributing to the local community and economy by helping a young person in Haverhill develop skills and learn a trade, supporting them on that first vital step on the career ladder.

According to a recent survey by the National Apprenticeship Service:

• 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business.
• 72% of businesses report improved productivity as a result of employing an apprentice.
• The average person completing an Apprenticeship increases productivity by £214 a week. These gains include increased profits, lower prices and better products.

Students - what's in it for you?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training - you earn while you learn. An Apprenticeship not only trains you in the skills employers want it also opens up further career progression and learning opportunities. You get paid holiday, receive training, gain qualifications, learn job specific skills and get that vital first step on your career ladder.

Further details

If you are an employer or a young person who would like further details on Apprenticeship opportunities in Haverhill or the Government's Apprenticeship grant, please contact Youth Skills Manager - Karen Chapple for an informal chat.

Telephone 07877 142000 or send an email

"Having young people here reinvigorates the business and we learn as much from them as they do from us."

Chris Jai-Bahadur
Morris Armitage


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*To be eligible for the grant employers must not have had someone on an Apprenticeship in the last 12 months and employ less than 1,000 employees.

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