Issue 15 May 2019

Matters

Earn a qualification and meet new people with an apprenticeship

Apprentice Fair

Over 330 people attended our Apprenticeships Fair at Harlands Road college site in Haywards Heath earlier this year.

The event was organised in partnership with West Sussex County Council to help people find out more about the apprenticeship opportunities available in Mid Sussex.

One of the attendees was Megan Hughes, an apprentice here with us at Mid Sussex District Council, who is keen for others to discover the benefits of becoming an apprentice.

"It’s great for gaining practical experience, earning a qualification and meeting new people", said Megan, who works as a Business Admin Apprentice in our Communications Team.

“I chose to go down the apprenticeship route because I felt as though I needed to gain more skills, knowledge and experience working in a different environment in order to progress in my chosen career.

“An apprenticeship is great for anyone who wants to gain practical experience in a new environment, earn a qualification as you work and meet new people.

“I would encourage anyone who wants to work towards their chosen career to consider an apprenticeship, because you have the opportunity to progress in your chosen company and earn money at the same time.”

Apprenticeships are no longer age restricted and are a great way to gain a qualification while working and earning at the same time. If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships visit https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/about-us/apprenticeships/

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Do you need a bit of extra funding to help your small business to grow in Mid Sussex?

We’ve opened applications for our 2019/20 Micro business grants scheme and grants of up to £2000 are available to any Mid Sussex business that has less than 10 employees and an idea for a project that will help their business grow.

Up to £1500 is also available to help micro businesses take on an apprentice.This is the second year that Mid Sussex District Council has offered grant funding to help support the local economy and encourage sustainable business growth. Last year, our micro-business grants helped 40 local companies to expand and develop their business in Mid Sussex and we’re keen to have the same impact in 2019.

The grants are provided on a first come first served basis so apply now at www.midsussex.gov.uk/businessgrants