Small businesses in the Millom area can access up to £2,500 to help develop their workforce.

Copeland Work and Skills Programme – led by Copeland Council and funded by Copeland Community Fund and Sellafield Ltd – has launched the subsidy to encourage Millom-based employers to support individuals into employment.

Small-sized employers in the Millom area can get up to £2,500 towards wages and training costs of taking on a new recruit.

Companies employing fewer than 50 staff qualify for the subsidy, which will be granted to businesses who offer the new recruit a minimum of 16 hours’ employment per week.

Mike Starkie, mayor of Copeland, said: “This is a win-win situation. Local people get a foot on the career ladder while receiving mentoring and support, and businesses can support a young person into employment while having their costs subsidised.”

Workplace and mentoring support will be provided by Cumbria County Council, and individuals will be referred to the programme by the Department for Work and Pensions and other partners.

Employers who would like to find out further details about the subsidy can attend a drop-in session at Millom Hub, Salthouse Road, on Thursday, September 26 between noon and 5pm.

Or they can call Chris Pickles on 01946 598326.