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7 May 2021

Pennine Cycles, shortlisted last year for two awards in the Best Small Shops competition, have now been nominated in the BikeBiz Awards

7 May 2021

Based at Activate Learning's Bracknell & Wokingham College campus this brand new workshop is the latest addition to their expanding number of Cytech training workshops across the country.

6 May 2021

Maybe* take examples from successful businesses that used social media to flourish despite the pandemic

5 May 2021

The Government has agreed an amendment to the Financial Services Bill which will enable shops to offer cashback to customers without making a purchase.

29 Apr 2021

Armed with research data from Maybe*, a panel of retail industry expertshave collaborated to create this whitepaper with one goal - to help businesses thrive in this new era of uncertainty.

28 Apr 2021

The Bank of England has released free training materials for retailers with the aim of refreshing awareness of how to check banknotes.

28 Apr 2021

ACT members can receive excellent benefits with NearSt, a powerful platform that encouragers more shoppers through the doors of specialist cycle shops

27 Apr 2021

Defra has just confirmed that the amendments to the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 will not be coming into force on 30th April 2021 as originally...

26 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Welsh Parliamentary elections on 6th May.

23 Apr 2021

A summary of what each party's manifesto will mean for small shops ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 6th May.

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Government cash incentives doubled for employers to hire new apprentices

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

In addition to pre-existing incentives in place the government has introduced new funding grants during the pandemic for employers taking on new apprentices, meaning that they could now receive up to £4,000 per apprentice.

The additional apprenticeship financial incentives were first announced by Sunak back in July 2020 and currently offer firms £2,000 to take on apprentices aged 16 to 24, while those that employ new apprentices aged 25 and over can receive £1,500. These bonuses were initially set to end this month.

However, during the recent Budget at the beginning of March Sunak announced an extension and increase to these incentives, so that from 1st April 2021 until 30th September 2021 employers who take on a new apprentice of any age will receive an incentive payment of £3,000, superseding the current incentives.

This is in addition to the pre-existing £1,000 payment already provided for new apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan, meaning that some employers could receive £4,000 in total and on top of having the majority of training funded by the government, meaning it has never been a better time to employ an 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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