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Apprenticeships offer a pathway for employers to build a talented and skilled future workforce and now there are more incentives for those who use the pathway.

Malvern Hills firm, Bransford Webbs Plant Nursery have been supporting apprenticeships over the years and saw regional success when apprentice Tom Everard won Midlands Regional Growers Apprenticeship of the Year award.

Tom’s story demonstrates the significant boost that apprenticeships can provide to a young person’s early career.  Leaving school with good GCSE grades, Tom then attended Worcester Sixth Form College with an ambition to go to university to study as a PE teacher.  Although being accepted to the university course, he decided to defer to consider all his options as he was concerned about building up a student debt. 

Tom applied for a Level 2 Horticulture apprenticeship at Bransford Webbs Plant Nursery which fitted with his interest in working outdoors in a physically demanding environment.

Tom added, “I am so grateful for the opportunities that the apprenticeship at Bransford Webbs has given me and I have happily settled into a full time manager role.”

Bransford Webbs employs 50 permanent staff and a further 40 seasonal staff between February and September. With the challenges presented by COVID-19, Bransford Webbs are looking to continue their apprenticeship recruitment in January 2021.

Karl O’Neill, Technical and Propagation Manager at Bransford Webbs explains, “At Bransford Webbs we encourage our high performing apprentices to further develop their careers by becoming the next generation of supervisors and managers, earning a good salary and even have opportunities to travel.

“I see the apprenticeship scheme as a win-win situation for us as a business”. 

In the Government’s Summer Statement, a range of new support incentives were launched for employers who take on an apprentice with a payment of £2000 to employers who take on a young person between the age of 16-24 in addition to the pre-existing £1000 available for 16-18 year old apprentices.  A grant of £1500 is available for apprentices over the age of 25 or over.

For more information about how to access the apprenticeship support that is available to employers and young people, please contact Worcestershire Apprenticeships by emailing info@worcsapprenticeships.org.uk or calling 0300 666 3 666.