Grants open doors for ambitious businesses, apprentices and job-seekers

Press Release: 16/09/2013

Cllr Rob Humby presenting Ellie Landscheit with a laptop

Winchester City Council is changing lives with financial support aimed at getting people into work and training by offering grants for business development, apprentices and long-term job-seekers.

Ellie Landscheit, aged 19, who lives in Winchester city centre and is studying for a level 3 NVQ in Marketing at Fareham College, said:

I have been a marketing apprentice for just over a year employed at Pure Home Technology. The main focus of my role is to manage the external marketing of the company to new and existing clients. I also get involved in many other aspects of the business across project management, accounts, client demonstrations and I have even learnt how to program some of the systems used in home automation. I am really enjoying my apprenticeship at Pure Home Technology and in October when I finish my level 2 NVQ I will be going on to do a level 3 NVQ.

I am so pleased that I have been given this laptop by Winchester County Council as it is really going to help improve my work and college performance. I was very impressed with how easy and simple the application process was for the grant.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, added:

Having started my own career as an apprentice engineer it was a pleasure to be able to help Ellie by presenting her with a laptop and to be able to assist with her transport costs to college. The Council is taking on around 20 of its own apprentices this year following its success with 10 apprentices last year and two the year before. Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to start out on their career paths.

All the Council’s business grants are for up to £1,000 and applications are accepted throughout the year, until the funds are fully allocated. So don’t miss out on this limited opportunity. Apply today by visiting or contacting Alison Woods, Economy and Arts Development Manager, at

Micro-businesses that are established and wish to take themselves to the next stage of their development can apply for Micro-Business Development Grants which were launched last year. Businesses with between one and nine employees can apply for grants on items required to allow their business to grow. These might include: purchases of IT equipment, website design, recruitment costs, help with relocation costs to expand the business or anything else which is essential for developing a micro-business.

The Council’s new Access to Work Grants for Job-Seekers is designed to remove some of the most common barriers which might prevent the job-seeker from taking on their role. The one-off grants can be used for the costs of transport to the workplace as well as essential equipment such as tools or work clothes. The grant can only be used for items that are not usually provided by an employer.

Applicants for the job-seekers grant must live in the Winchester City Council area, provide evidence that they have been offered a permanent job and have been unemployed for more than six months prior to being offered a job. They should also have been receiving Job-Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or Income Support.

The Council’s apprentice scheme involves allocating grants to apprentices to cover some basic costs which might otherwise be difficult to finance. These range from a simple set of work clothes to the cost of travel to the work place or training venue each week.
Applicants must live within the Winchester District and the grant can potentially be used for any cost to the employee of taking on their apprenticeship which is not reasonably met by their wages, benefits, training provider, employer or other grants.