This week, hundreds of young people across Torbay will receive their long-awaited A-level results, in a year like no other.

In March, South Devon College was nationally recognised for its Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships at the AAC Apprenticeship 2020 gala event held in BirminghamIn March, South Devon College was nationally recognised for its Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Apprenticeships at the AAC Apprenticeship 2020 gala event held in Birmingham

As they consider their next move, for many in this important generation, the opportunity to earn a wage within a local business whilst studying will be an attractive proposition.

Last month, South Devon College welcomed the announcement from the Government which outlined additional funding incentives for businesses taking on apprentices.

Companies can receive up to £3,000 for each apprentice they hire from the beginning of August. The Government will also pay employers £1,000 to take on trainees through the Traineeship programme.

During a recent panel hosted by the college on the future of apprenticeships, Sharron Robbie, managing director of Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network, commented: “Apprenticeships are at the front and centre of plans for national recovery with the Prime Minister putting big emphasis on skills development being key to rebooting the economy.

“While apprenticeship opportunities have inevitably declined in some but not all places, traineeships are a great alternative to expanding your workforce, developing new talent, and also have incentive payments from the Government too.”

Sharon continued: “Coming out of lockdown, an extra pair of hands could be what you’re looking for and a traineeship is like a trial.

“You can see what that person is like and how they fit in your business across a programme as short as six weeks or as long as six months.

“If all works out well, there could be an opportunity for the trainee to progress to an apprenticeship in the new year as the economy recovers more.

“If you’re an employer and you’re looking to put something back into the community and need someone to join your workforce, think about a traineeship and get in touch with the college to help.”

Despite the uncertainty the country has faced over the last few months, it’s clear that investment is being put in to make recruiting apprentices and trainees less daunting and this will continue to develop the next generation of workers, increase productivity of businesses, and help the economy recover.

For more information, visit southdevon.ac.uk/employers. Get in touch by calling 08000 380 123 or email employers@southdevon.ac.uk