A Leyburn beauty salon has taken on an apprentice - bringing the total supported through a district council scheme to 18.
The Richmondshire authority launched its apprenticeship scheme in March (2018) – businesses can apply for up to £2000 in funding.
Salon Beautique, in Leyburn Market Place, has employed 16 year old Jade Walker who is now studying an NVQ Level 2 in hairdressing at Darlington College while working at the business.
Owner Becci Evemy received a grant of £504 to buy hairdressing kit for the college course and equipment for the salon - including hairdryer, straighteners and clippers.
Council Leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said: “This scheme is helping to support local businesses to bring local people on to their staff role. We have already seen 18 in new jobs – and we have funding for more.”
The deadline for applications for the next round of funding is November 1 - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit the council's Apprenticeships web page.