BUSINESSES in York could receive a funding boost to take on an apprentice as part of the York Apprenticeship Challenge.

JHP Employability, one of the partners in the challenge, which aims to create 100 apprenticeship opportunities in 100 days, has been awarded a new contract to offer small businesses a grant of up to £2,500.

The grant, for which an application can be made for every new apprentice they employ, is dependent on the weekly pay rate of the apprentice.

To create an apprenticeship opportunity, or to browse the new vacancies created as part of the challenge launched by The Press, City of York Council and the National Apprenticeship Service, visit or phone 08000 150 600.