A SPECIAL event is to be held in Droitwich to highlight the businesses benefits of employing an apprentice.

Wychavon District Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership are holding the free Droitwich Apprenticeships Employer Event on Wednesday, May 4 between 12.30pm and 2pm at St Andrew’s Town Hotel.

Those present will be able to learn more about key changes in legislation regarding apprenticeships, including the Employer Levy, hear from a company already reaping the rewards of hiring apprentices and find out more about funding available for apprenticeships. Advice and support will also be available on the day for companies wanting to take the next step and commit to taking on an apprentice.

Cllr Richard Morris, portfolio holder for economic growth and housing on Wychavon District Council, said: “We know a shortage of skills is the biggest threat facing the district’s economy. Apprenticeships are an ideal way of helping fill that gap and train the workforce of the future. This event will provide businesses with everything they need to know about taking on an apprentice and the funding support available. I would urge as many businesses as possible to attend.”

Email Kim Cook from Worcestershire Apprenticeships on kim@hwstpa.co.uk to book a place at the event.