Apprenticeship boost for members as government approves STC Kickstart bid

Silverstone Technology Cluster

4th February 2021

The Silverstone Technology Cluster has secured funding for 19 of its member businesses to take on young people as apprentices as part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The Department for Work & Pensions has approved the STC as one of its ‘Kickstart Gateways’.

In total, the 19 members on whose behalf the STC applied will be able to offer apprenticeship placements to 30 young people in the region.

The news comes soon after the STC was selected to become a national Trailblazer Project for the government-backed business advice network Be The Business…

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding for each business to provide 25 hours of employment per week, with additional funds made available for training.

“This is another exciting development for our membership and again shows the regard in which the government holds their skills and capabilities as a true contributor to both the local and UK economies,” enthused STC CEO Pim van Baarsen.

“This gives 30 young people from the region each an incredible opportunity – to gain invaluable experience with some of the most innovative high-tech businesses in the country.

“In turn, this can give many of them the boost they need in terms of gaining skills that then help take them to the next stage of a career.

“An important part of the criteria is also that employers provide them with the crucial basic skills training, such as time-keeping, application and paperwork, such as CVs.

“I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to all those members who have offered to invest their time and energy to train up these young people – I am sure they also stand to benefit from the experience.”

The 19 STC members involved are:

·       Tomorrow’s Journey

·       DTRONIX

·       Bamd

·       KW Special Projects

·       Quarterre

·       Lohmann

·       Hypermotive

·       EAV Cargo

·       Universal Science

·       RML

·       Cyclopic Ltd

·       Partner Electronics

·       Performance Projects

·       Symetri

·       Delta Motorsport

·       Velocity

·       PUNCH Flybrid

·       Sandwell

·       Goodfabs




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