Cutting apprentice grants will affect small firms most

CUTTING grants by 10% for employers who take on apprentices will affect small companies the most, one business owner believes.

Louis Le Couteur of Stoneworks disagrees with Education’s stance that the 10% cut in apprenticeship grants will have no effect. (1335377)
Louis Le Couteur of Stoneworks disagrees with Education’s stance that the 10% cut in apprenticeship grants will have no effect. (1335377)

CUTTING grants by 10% for employers who take on apprentices will affect small companies the most, one business owner believes.

Louis Le Couteur, of Stoneworks stonemasons, said the Education Department’s move would have an impact on his company at a time when it was already feeling the effects of a tough economic climate.

He employs four men, two of whom are apprentices.

‘Things are fairly tight as it is,’ he said.

‘We’re not out of work, but we are putting a lot lower quotes in than normal. I could do without that. Having the grant is essential to being able to offer apprenticeships.’

Comments for: "Cutting apprentice grants will affect small firms most"

Craig Le Cheminant

I agree with Louis. This is completely the wrong time to reduce the investment in the industries that offer apprentices a chance to become qualified. I believe by reducing the investment you are reducing the number of opportunities for school leavers to become Stonemasons, Carpenters etc. Unfortunatley it would appear that this decision has not been thought through and would appear that the industries concerned have not been consulted.

Johno

Craig

Couldn't agree more, unfortunately they have thought it through (believe it or not!) and ended up with this ludicrous decision.

They also consulted I believe with the GBTEA (Guernsey Building Trades Employers Association) and were told how important the scheme was, this was obviously a complete waste of time.

Pete

As I said in another thread, the price of everything but the value of nothing.

Island Wide Voting

Was the delicate 'pointing' in the photo done by a week one apprentice ?

milly

if they had got rid of neal instead of giving a job over seeing beaucamp school they could of kept the grants going.

PLP

In a post last month, Deputy Matt Falliaze said:

"By my calculations, Education would meet their FTP savings target if over the next 18 months they cut their central office costs by 25%, closed three primary schools, terminated every penny of the grants to the two libraries (Guille-Alles and Priaulx) and cut higher education grants by 50%."

(http://www.thisisguernsey.com/news/2013/06/07/school-pools-to-close-for-most-of-the-year/#comment-302209)

...and what do we see them doing? Penny pinching on things like the ESB, apprenticeships and swimming pools. Little things they hope won't raise too many eyebrows but which won't even dent the £7m+ they are being told to save. For goodness sakes either bite the bullet and start making tough decisions that will make major savings or just scrap the FTP completely....but please stop this penny pinching nonsense.

Valeite

This penny pinching was always going to happen,when they ran out of ideas what to do next to save money, it concerns me as to what is going to be next for the chop, I do think cutting funds for the apprenticeship scheme a rather daft idea as it is working well,why change a scheme that works. Just put up income tax to 22p and be done with it,and give us all a break from

robbing Peter to pay Paul,you know we will end up with this happening anyway.