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4 Nov 2021

The Government has launched a new Export Support Service to help UK businesses get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe.

4 Nov 2021

The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme was announced today by Patrick Harvie (MSP, Minister for ZeroCarbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants' Rights) at the Cycling Scotland Conference.

1 Nov 2021

ACT and ActSmart partner Global Payments (GP) will be contacting all customers to arrange the replacement of your terminal(s) to keep you up with modern requirements for no extra cost.

27 Oct 2021

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27 Oct 2021

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26 Oct 2021

NeartSt is now available to ActSmart subscribers from just £9 per month with no lock-in (30 day rolling contract). In addition to this, ActSmart Gold subscribers can...

26 Oct 2021

With courses for both enthusiasts and professionals, the Cytech journey you take will differ depending on where you want to take your new skills, but either way your journey will begin with...

25 Oct 2021

In excellent news the government has recently announced an extension to their £3,000 incentive payment to employers taking on a new apprentice, with an employment start date from 1...

21 Oct 2021

A recent article featured in Forbes has advised independent retailers to plan ahead this Christmas, especially with regard to e-commerce, stock quantities and COVID restrictions.

19 Oct 2021

The FCA have recently announced significant increases in their base ratefees that will have an unfavourable effect, particularly on smaller independent retailers.

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Benefit from cash boost and skilled new employees with a Cytech based Apprenticeship scheme

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

With current incentives and funding grants in place employers taking on new apprentices could receive up to £4,000 per apprentice.

Training costs involved with apprenticeships are already heavily subsidised, with between 95% and 100% of the training costs being covered by Government funding.

As well as the training costs being subsidised employers hiring apprenticeships are also enitled to various incentives to aid in the employment process.

Employers can receive £1,000 for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority

On top of this the government have announced further investments into apprenticeships including further incentives for employers.

In October 2021 the government further extended incentive payments, originally announced in July 2020 and then previously extended and increased in March 2021, made to employers in England who hire new apprentices, meaning that it has never been a better time to hire an apprentice.

Employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 April 2021 and 31 January 2022 will receive £3,000 per new hire (compared with £1,500-£2,000 under the original scheme), regardless of the age of the apprentice.

This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment referred to above, meaning that employers could potentially receive up to £4,000 per apprentice.

 

Bike shops able to benefit from cash boost and skilled new employees

The extended and increased payments will have the potential to be both transformational for young people and employers alike.

Alongside a much-needed cash boost for bike shops and businesses, the scheme encourages employers to grow their own talent, creating some amazing opportunities for people to start a rewarding career within the cycling industry.

Activate Cycle Academy (ACA) deliver an 18-month apprenticeship in Bicycle Mechanics and is the only training provider to offer Cytech training as part of an apprenticeship. Cytech, managed by the ACT, is the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians.

Cytech courses 

Cytech is at the heart of the training to ensure that all apprentices gain industry recognised qualifications when completing their apprenticeship. It includes the online Cytech Theory One and the Technical two and Technical three qualifications, as well as topics such as e-bikes, business studies, customer service and advanced selling skills resulting in a very experienced and highly skilled apprentice on completion of their training.

If you're considering hiring a new member of staff for your business and looking to give them the skill set they need to thrive, then a Cytech based Apprenticeship could be just the solution.

Employers interested in taking on a cycle mechanic apprentice or would like to learn more about the recent Government funding incentive details, should contact ACA on 01865 550 324 or email cycles@activatelearning.ac.uk.

 

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