BUSINESSES are being encouraged to employ an apprentice by taking advantage of a wage subsidy scheme.

The call from Hambleton District Council came ahead of National Apprenticeship Week with a theme of ‘Building the Future’.

It aims to encourage business owners to consider how apprenticeships help individuals to build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.

Hambleton District Council has run a successful apprentice wage subsidy scheme for the past eight years – helping more than 200 businesses.

It provides grant aid to small local businesses creating new opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds living in the district.

Those helped so far include apprentices in accounting, digital marketing, construction, administration, and the motor trade.

Hope King, A 23-year-old working as a customer service apprentice at HFC Systems, a computer support services company based in Stokesley, is the scheme’s latest success.

Managing director Steven Booth said: “Hope has quickly become a vital and integral part of our team."