Employing an apprentice is really cost effective and you can apply for grants while giving a young person their first opportunity into employment.
There are a couple of websites that can help you with this.
Higher and further education business support
Local higher education and further education universities and colleges can provide specialist business support, including graduate placements, apprenticeships, research and development, and knowledge transfer and networking services.
Gravesham has four universities within a 20 minute drive of the town at Medway and has North West College main campus located in Gravesend.
Medway Campus University of Kent - Enterprise Team
Phone: 01227 82 73 76
Greenwich University - Enterprise Team
Phone: 020 8331 7867
Canterbury Christchurch University - Enterprise Team
Phone: 01227 78 21 96
University for the Creative Arts - Research and Enterprise
Phone: 01227 817 384