‘Ap­pren­tice­ship store’ threat

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

GREATER Manch­ester’s only ‘ap­pren­tice­ship store’ could be shut as coun­cil chiefs scram­ble to bal­ance the books.

The fa­cil­ity, in Stock­port, cel­e­brated its third year help­ing young peo­ple just months ago.

Town hall bosses say they need to shut the store to save cash in the face of con­tin­ued gov­ern­ment cuts.

Around £55,000 a year could be saved if the plan is ap­proved.

The store sup­ports em­ploy­ers to cre­ate ap­pren­tice­ship posts and re­cruit; helps peo­ple un­der­stand what ap­pren­tice­ships are avail­able and how to ap­ply.

The Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses (FSB) crit­i­cised the plans.

Robert Downes, FSB de­vel­op­ment man­ager said: “Ax­ing this sup­port fa­cil­ity sim­ply means a lot of young peo­ple will have be left to go it alone.”

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