Grants available for Notts creative businesses to take on apprentices

Debbie Bryan
Debbie Bryan Shop in the Lace Market

A new scheme is offering funding and specialist support for creative businesses in Nottinghamshire to take on their first apprentice.

Ten supported apprenticeships are available through the Nottinghamshire County Council Creative Apprenticeships Scheme, which is being delivered in partnership with Futures, New College Nottingham and the Nottingham Craft Academy.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to businesses taking part, with additional specialist craft support included from Debbie Bryan of the Nottingham Craft Academy.

  • Creative businesses eligible for the programme include any businesses that would describe themselves as creative, such as:
  • Designer Makers
  • Artists
  • Creative organisations
  • Creative retailers
  • Galleries and museums
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This new initiative targeted at creative industry sector follows the success of the County Council’s Say Yes to Apprenticeships project, which has helped fund more than 175 apprentices at businesses throughout the county since 2014.

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Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of Economic Development at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “As we have already seen through our Say Yes to Apprenticeships scheme, apprentices can offer a wide range of benefits for small businesses, bringing enthusiasm. fresh ideas and increased productivity.

“Creative and digital industries have been identified by D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership as priority sectors for the area and have a great deal of potential for growth.

“Many of the creative industry companies in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire are part of the 85% of micro businesses in the area which would benefit enormously from the input of an apprentice but can sometimes lack the capacity and funding to take one on. We hope this project can help to plug that gap and at the same time, increase the breadth of specialist craft apprenticeship opportunities available for young people in Nottinghamshire.”

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Funding is only available to businesses which are based in the county of Nottinghamshire (excluding Nottingham City) and are looking to hire a young person from Nottinghamshire as an apprentice for the first time.

Further information is available from the Nottingham Craft Academy. To register your interest, email or call 0115 950 7776.

Details are also available by visiting one of the drop-in surgeries at Debbie Bryan’s Shop in the Lace Market, Nottingham on:
22 February (4-5pm)
8 March (4-5pm)
22 March (4-5pm)
Slots can be booked at the surgeries online at

Debbie Bryan
Debbie Bryan Shop in the Lace Market

The deadline for making applications for grant funding is 5pm, Friday 24 March 2017.

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