Caistor business signs up to new apprenticeship scheme

Coun Alan Caine, Kit Singh with his PA, Stacey Lowther, and IT support Tristian Radford are looking forward to welcoming two new apprentices to the team.
Coun Alan Caine, Kit Singh with his PA, Stacey Lowther, and IT support Tristian Radford are looking forward to welcoming two new apprentices to the team.
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A businessman in Caistor has created not one, but two, positions after finding out about apprenticeships at a business lunch organised by West Lindsey District Council.

Kit Singh, owner of three businesses based in Caistor, employs 65 staff but said he had never considered hiring an apprentice before.

He said: “I met Coun Malcolm Parish at the business lunch and he asked whether I had an apprentice. He told me more about the scheme, including the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers, which is only available until March. I was so enthusiastic about it, I decided I could have two.”

The AGE grant offers £1,500 to employers who have not had an apprentice within the last 12 months, to help towards paying the apprentice’s wage.

Mr Singh’s is advertising for an administration apprentice and an apprentice in public relations. Both successful candidates will work across three of his businesses; Abbey House UK Ltd, Stamford Infotech and his Caistor restaurant, Joomla’s.

Mr Singh said: “I’m initially looking to hire for two 12-month apprenticeships, but there is a long term plan to make those positions permanent. It’s not in the interest of a company to train someone then let them go.”

Coun Alan Caine, ward member for Caistor, said: “Mr Singh hadn’t considered hiring an apprentice before because he didn’t know enough about the scheme. His decision to hire two apprentices marks a great success for the campaign, as it shows our aim to raise awareness of the scheme and the support available is working.

As previously reported, the Apprenticeships Work 4 You campaign was launched on November 1.

Anyone interested in applying should email their CV to mel.murphy@optimas-training.co.uk