SME accelerates growth through apprentice recruitment drive


Vorboss, an enterprise-focused fibre provider, is set to boost its workforce by over 300% by the end of this year through apprenticeships.

With the help of not-for-profit British institute, The ITP, Vorboss is set to recruit over 100 Installation Engineer apprentices by the end of 2021. It already employs a workforce where a quarter of its team are apprentices and is recruiting to accelerate the build of London’s next generation enterprise fibre-focused network.

The ITP will recruit and manage the apprentices on behalf of Vorboss as part of its partner apprenticeship scheme. CEO Crissi Williams commented: “As the UK unemployment rate surges, it’s young people who are hit first. This is such a positive step forward in helping to create new roles for the future. We hope that this partnership will encourage other SMEs to consider apprenticeships as a means of growing and developing their workforce. Government funding is available to help, with extra incentives in place between now and the end of March, so it’s an ideal time to look into starting an apprenticeship scheme.”

Vorboss Chief of Staff, Lauren Dutnall, added: “Hiring apprentices has been a brilliant way for us to expand the business and take on fresh talent. We recognise that they bring a different outlook on the way we do things, yet they are so willing to get involved and learn as much as possible. Our apprentices play such a critical role in the business and in the wider industry.”

Currently businesses are eligible for the following government funding until the end of March:

  • £2,000 for apprentices age 16 to 24

  • £1,500 for apprentices age 25 and over

  • Additional £1,000 payment for hiring an apprentice who is aged 16 – 18 years old and / or under 25 with an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority.

This is in addition to apprenticeship levy funding.

For more information on the ITP apprenticeship scheme please visit www.itpapprenticeships.org

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