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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

New Funding for Employers to Hire Apprentices

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Apprenticeships are jobs with training that benefit people of all ages and backgrounds. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, employers may be facing recruitment challenges. In response, the Government has introduced new payments for businesses taking on apprentices.

Through the scheme, employers in England are being encouraged to take advantage of cash incentives designed to create more high quality apprenticeship opportunities so more people, particularly young people, can kick-start a rewarding career.

The scheme provides employers that hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 with a payment of:

  • £2,000 for each new apprentice aged 16 to 24.

  • £1,500 for each new apprentice over the age of 25.

Applicants can use the money for anything to support their organisation’s costs. For example, they could spend it on facilities, uniforms, the apprentice’s travel or their salary.

Employers, both large and small, of new apprentices in England may apply. Employers can also get the incentive payment when they hire an apprentice who has been made redundant, as long as they are new to the organisation.

From 1 September 2020, employers can apply through their apprenticeship service account.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. National Apprenticeship Service
    Tel: 08000 150 600
    Email: [email protected]

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