Apprentice scheme is proving to be just the job in Soham

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Apprentices in East Cambridgeshire are being helped to find work thanks to a council-backed scheme.

Sixteen-year-old former Soham Village College student Aaron Tweed is just one who has benefited from the East Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship scheme which introduced him to local company Ivor Searle.

The Soham-based company is one of the leading independent suppliers of remanufactured engines, gearboxes and turbos and is helping Aaron to understand how engine parts can be remanufactured and reassembled.

Production manager Kevin Warren, said: “Aaron has settled in really well and is learning very quickly the skills required to remanufacture engines, gearboxes and turbos to an excellent standard. It is great to be part of the East Cambridgeshire Apprenticeship Scheme and we hope to be able to take on other local people in the months and years to come.”

The scheme helps to support local businesses and provide opportunities for young people by topping up the national age grant of £1,500 by up to an additional £2,000 if the business takes on a young person from within the district as an apprentice.

It aims to help eight to ten new apprentices to find work in its first year and forms part of the district council’s wider work to help support links between employers and secondary schools for the benefit of the district’s young people.,

Businesses wishing to access the scheme should call 01353 665555 and ask to speak to the economic development team.