Funding available to help those in work further their careers

Employees looking to upskill in order to further their careers can get a helping hand thanks to a Denbighshire County Council scheme.

The Council’s young person employment bursary is open to employed people aged 18-35 in Denbighshire and funding is available to pay for training courses to help progress within a current workplace or gain a higher paid position with a new Denbighshire employer. 

Denbighshire County Council has the potential to help up to 80 individuals a year with funding of between £250 and £2,000 per person as part of the Council’s work to ensure younger people want to live and work in the county and have the skills to do so.

Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “This innovative approach by the Council aims to help young employed people develop their careers and create new opportunities for them.

“We want to encourage younger people working in the county to develop and progress their careers and earn higher salaries, which will benefit the county’s businesses by keeping hold of talented and skilled individuals.”

Funding can be used for further education courses as well as professional skills and training. 

Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, lead member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “A small investment in a young person, by paying for a training course, can make a big difference by helping them apply for higher paid jobs, which will increase their earning potential throughout their careers.

“As a Council we are committed to giving better opportunities for young people and this bursary helps us achieve this.”

To be eligible you must be aged between 18-35, living in Denbighshire, earning below the county median salary of £20,326, currently be in employment (minimum 16 hours) and can clearly demonstrate availability of suitable positions with a Denbighshire-based company once upskilled.

For further details including eligibility and how to apply go to our website www.denbighshire.gov.uk/skills-bursary

Posted on Wednesday 5th December 2018