A local apprentice electrician has benefitted from a grant which allowed him to buy some much needed tools to help with his work.
Jack Davies (20), from Denton, has made the most of the Tameside Trade Grant to support him in his chosen career.
Jack said: "I'd just started my apprenticeship and needed some new tools when Beau Associates told me about the Tameside Trade Grant. Being able to buy my own equipment has given me a great foundation to kick-start my career."
The trade grants are part of Tameside Employment Fund which was launched by the council on 28 May 2019. It also includes Tameside Youth Employment Service and business grants, with funding available over the next two years.
The Tameside Trade Grant is a grant of up to £750 for Tameside resident apprentices aged 16-24, completing apprenticeships in skilled trades (allied trades) such as; construction, plumbing and electrical.
The funds are used to purchase tools essential for the individual's apprenticeship and are available to anyone who started on their apprenticeship programme from 1 September 2018.
Jack added: "On a daily basis at my apprenticeship I'm dealing with everything from light fittings to plug sockets. My long-term goal is to start my own business and hopefully take on apprentices myself, so I can give back some of the opportunities I've received."
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council Executive Member for Housing, Planning and Employment, said: "Our trade grants are a fantastic opportunity for young apprentices to access funds which will launch their career. By helping apprentices purchase their own tools we're inspiring the next generation of skilled trades people to grow and develop right here in Tameside."