The deadline to take advantage of the government's more than £1m in funding for MI apprenticeships is coming up quickly.
Back in December, MI Pro, reported on the government-sponsored MI apprenticeship scheme for MI retailers. The scheme, called Employer Ownership of Skills, is funded by the Government BIS Department and managed by the UK Commission for Employment & Skills. The Academy of Music and Sound has successfully applied for, and attained the grant, in partnership with the National Skills Academy, Creative and Cultural Skills (the Sector Skills Council for our industry) and the MIA.
There are 80 subsidies available for retailers who are interested in taking on an apprentice (the grant includes a £1,500 employer incentive) at a cost of only £2,556 a year.
Another 100 places are available to register for staff training which leads to a recognised BTEC-equivalent qualification for existing store employees.
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Retailers that have already signed up to take part in the scheme include: Production Room, Mansons, Potters Music, Sounds of Frome, One Man Band, Chappell of Bond Street, Vivace Pianos, Foulds Music, Sheehans, PMT, Absolute Music, Wembley Drum, Guitar Village, Strum & Bass, Drumwright, Guitarbitz, Academy of Sound, Nevada Music and JG Windows.
While the scheme is currently only available to MIA members, non-members will be able to access funding at a later date.