Cutting apprentice grants will affect small firms most
Friday 19th July 2013, 8:30AM BST.
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.’