AFC Fylde Community Foundation and Fylde Council are embarking on a new project that will increase apprenticeships across the borough, made possible following approval of Fylde Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) allocation.

AFC Fylde Community Foundation has extensive experience in providing positive employment outcomes for people between the ages of 16 and 65 and has successfully been providing support for young people who are not in employment, education or training through the UKSPF-funded Fylde Focus Programme since April.

A financial incentive is available to support businesses that are taking on an apprentice. The generous grant of £5,000 for eligible businesses will go directly to the employer to help them nurture existing or new talent and allow them to hire apprentices at any level.

This exciting new project for Fylde will enable AFC Fylde Community Foundation to continue working with local businesses and build on their existing relationships to support people in work.

Mentoring and one-on-one support will be provided for participants, along with lots of information on apprenticeship routes provided to Year 11 students, ensuring they have the correct information to make informed decisions on their future.

Hiring an apprentice can have a huge, positive impact on a business. It is an effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated and qualified workforce. Other benefits of employing apprentices include:

· Expanding and upskilling the workforce,

· Improved productivity and quality of product,

· Being able to adapt training to meet the needs of your business

Leader of Fylde Council, Cllr Karen Buckley, commented: “We are thrilled to introduce Fylde’s new apprenticeship project in collaboration with AFC Fylde Community Foundation.

“This initiative offers invaluable learning experiences while earning, creating a pathway to a successful career, whilst leaving a positive impact on our community.

“To local businesses in Fylde, don’t miss the chance to participate and nurture new talent with the help of a £5,000 grant. Reach out to Chris McNally at AFC Fylde Community Foundation to get involved.”

Wes Partington, Foundation Director of AFC Fylde Community Foundation, added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Fylde Council on this programme.

“Building on our existing employability offer, we will not only provide information, advice and guidance to local people to gain apprenticeships but also provide support throughout.

“We will also work alongside local training providers and businesses to ensure suitable training courses and job roles are provided.”

If you’re a business owner based in the borough of Fylde and are interested in this programme, please get in touch with Chris McNally at AFC Fylde Community Foundation on 01772 598856 or via email