£500,000 to create jobs and apprenticeships


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Charles Hendry
Charles Hendry, Conservative MP for Wealden

Crowborough’s MP, Charles Hendry, has welcomed figures highlighting the growth of apprenticeships in Wealden.

In the District the total number of workplaces now employing apprentices has reached 400 after consistent increases year-on-year, up from 330 in 2010/11.

Commenting on the figures Mr Hendry said:

I am delighted to learn that so many employers in Wealden are now taking on apprentices.  It is our aim to rebalance the economy and the Government’s policy is now doing that with great effect.”

For years people have been saying to me that we should get more people doing apprenticeships and it is evident that this is now happening in a big way. I hope this trend continues as each apprenticeship on offer locally is another young person being offered the chance to get new skills and experience.

The Government made the commitment to create 2 million apprenticeships over the course of this parliament.

East Sussex County Council recently awarded social enterprises £500,000 to create local jobs and apprenticeships.

A total of 10 applicants were successful in their bid for a share of the Council’s Social Business Investment Fund.

Social enterprises were invited to apply for financial help in delivering projects that would create jobs for disadvantaged or vulnerable adults and young people, that provided a social or environmental benefit for East Sussex, or created volunteering opportunities.

Between them, the 10 successful projects are expected to create 25 jobs, 21 apprenticeships and 65 volunteering opportunities.

East Sussex Credit Union was awarded £90,000 to expand its services.  Originally working in the East of Brighton, the not-for-profit loans and savings cooperative now has more than 4,000 members who have savings of more than £1.5 million.

Richard Priestman, President of East Sussex Credit Union, said:

We are very pleased to get this funding from East Sussex County Council. It will allow us to create jobs, volunteering opportunities and extend our savings and loans, and other services across the county.

East Sussex Credit Union (ESCU) have also recently been awarded £28,320 over the next 3 years by Wealden District Council (read more here).

ESCU tried running pilot surgeries in Crowborough a few years ago at Pine Grove, St Richard’s church hall in Alderbook and the Citizens Advice Bureaux, but now the nearest Help Point is in Uckfield.

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The 10 successful applicants were:

  • Age UK East Sussex received a £44,000 grant and £36,000 loan to expand and create new jobs
  • East Sussex Butchery Apprentice School received £39,000 towards a butchery training school
  • East Sussex Credit Union was awarded £90,000 for an expansion of services in East Sussex
  • ESDA Coach Services Limited based in Eastbourne received £30,000 to expand
  • Furniture Now a social enterprise selling secondhand furniture and white goods will expand and relocate thanks to an £80,000 grant
  • Hastings Furniture Service was awarded £90,000 for its Pretty Craft project
  • Hurst Green Community Shop & Co Ltd was given £24,000 for its Hurst Green Hub, including a shop, café and Post Office.
  • Little Gate Farm near Hastings will create a training centre for vulnerable adults thanks to a £32,000 grant
  • Mosaic Malarky in  Hastings was given £10,000 towards community arts
  • The Work People CIC were awarded £25,000 for an employment agency and hub in Hastings




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