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cherylelexa

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Hi
I am self employed and have a small salon and am looking to employ someone to help me out during busy times. Is there any incentives/government help that helps a small business in taking on staff? I cant seem to get through to any business help centres locally just thought I would ask here to see if anyone can answer my questions? Many thanks
 

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At the moment, the government will give a grant of around £1500 per year to pay half the wages of a level 1 apprentice on £2.73 an hour if you diddnt want to go down an apprentice route, I heared there are a bank of people on the jobcentre a books that will do volunteer work for free to build experience, I don't know the ins and outs of that tho sorry you'd need to contact jobcentre plus
 

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You have to employ an apprentice and after they have worked 12 weeks their training provider can apply for the grant. It isn't 100% guaranteed though. It takes about 4-6 weeks after that to be paid. I would speak to your local training academies. That's who sorted mine out.
 

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I'm sure you can only get 1 grant per apprentice regardless of how long it takes to complete the training.
 

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Yea you can only get one grant per apprentice and the grant cannot move salons (I had an apprentice come to me from a different salon but the previous one got the grant and it's not transferable after the 12 week period)
 

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Apprentice wage is now £3.30 ph, and you will have to employ them for a minimum of 30 hours per week, until they complete their NVQ.:)
 

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Do apprentices get paid holidays?
 

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Yep.....28 days (includes bank holidays).
 

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