SMMT to support apprenticeships via new COVID-19 salary support scheme

Published:  28 September, 2020

The SMMT Charitable Trust Fund (SCTF) has today (Monday 28 September) launched the SMMT Apprentice Support Programme, a £100,000 investment designed to help safeguard the jobs of apprentices currently employed by small and medium-sized businesses within the UK automotive industry, but whose positions are at risk of redundancy due to COVID-19 related business pressures.

There are currently some 59,000 young people employed in apprenticeship positions across the sector,The scheme comes as the government-funded furlough scheme is poised to end on 31 October. It will then be replaced by new measures to support short time working.

Commenting on the scheme, SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes said: “Today’s apprentices are tomorrow’s leaders, and this scheme will help protect their jobs now so that they can help drive our future success.”

Gareth Jones, Chairman of the SMMT Charitable Trust Fund, added: “As a former technical apprentice myself I can only imagine the devastating impact of losing your apprenticeship, particularly if you are close to completing your qualification. This timely and much needed initiative from the STCF will provide critical and well targeted support to ensure we retain some fantastic talent and potential in our industry.”

The scheme is open to SMMT member companies and requires successful applicants to contribute towards the full £14,000 apprentice salary, in order to unlock a stipend as made available by the SMMT Charitable Trust Fund.

The deadline for all applications is Friday 16 October 2020.

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