Category Archives: Situations Vacant

Small Businesses Can Take on an Apprentice and get £1000.00 #devonbusiness #ndevon

Apprenticeships and Small Businesses (49 Employees or less)

South Molton Business Association is aware that there is a need with in North Devon for a small business to expand and grow. This growth is sometimes held back by the lack of appropriate prospective employees or enough cash to employ another member of staff.

Apprenticeships are a cost effective method of gaining an extra pair of hands and enables the business to ‘mould’ an individual and train them to work within an existing working practice.


The value of an apprentice to your small business is to be able to train a young person (16-18 years old) to fit your exact business needs while at the same time not having to incur significant costs during this training period.

How Much Do You Pay To Hire An Apprentice?

Small businesses will NOT be required to pay for the cost of the apprentice’s training.

AND the government will pay you £1000 to employ and train an apprentice.


Small businesses can chose from a list of approved frameworks. These frameworks are job descriptions of workplace environments, one of which should match most small businesses’ job requirements.

The small business works with an advisor from a College or other local training provider to select the framework that best fits their work place.

Small businesses will continue to work with the local training provider, usually their local College, who will manage the ongoing training, assessments and end point assessment requirements as well as provide additional English and Maths training if deemed necessary.

The apprentice will normally complete their training within 12 months, though this can be longer depending on the framework chosen (the requirements of the job training).

Commitment Required of the Small Businesses

The business must employ the apprentice on a contract of employment and pay them at least £3.70 an hour (from April 2018).

The business must provide the apprentice with the on-the-job training required for their apprenticeship.

The business is expected to employ the apprentice permanently once they have successfully completed their training, unless there is a reasonable reason why this is not possible.

Next Step

The SMBA propose to host a meeting between our members, colleges and other local apprenticeship trainers, so you can get more information on how an apprentice would add to the success of your business.

If you are interested in learning more about apprenticeships please contact the SMBA –

Adapted from an original document  by Michael O’Brien

Fancy becoming a Town Councillor?

sm copy

South Molton Town Council have a vacancy due to the resignation of Cllr Tracy Lewis

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who has the drive, determination and energy to make a difference, helping to make South Molton a better place  to live and do business…

Forms of nomination for the Town Election may be obtained from the Clerk to South Molton Town Council. They can also be downloaded via the link below:

Nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG on any day after the date of this notice but no later than 4pm on Tuesday, 12th December 2017.

If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, 11th January 2018.

Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal votes and amendments or cancellations of proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG by 5 pm on Friday, 22nd December 2017.

New applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1DG by 5 pm on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018.

Trustee South Molton Swimming Pool Vacancy

South Molton Swimming Pool

Mill Street   South Molton   Devon   EX36 4AS

swimingpool copyThe Board of South Molton Swimming Pool Trustees School is actively looking to appoint one, or more, new trustees to our board.

Last year the board was successful in obtaining a grant from NDDC to renovate our twenty-five-year-old facilities, and the Pool is currently undergoing modernisation. This marks the beginning of the further development of the Pool as viable resource for the next decades: maximising the use of space; increasing footfall; bringing in more revenue; extending the services of the pool  and  meeting the needs of the increased population of the town.

Registered Charity Number: 300972

At our current stage of development we would particularly – but not exclusively! – welcome trustees with financial and/or HR experience.  A new trustee  could expect to be part of an enthusiastic and  positive team.

Please contact the Chair: Mrs Susan Sewell

Mobile: 07768 591908

South Molton Community Primary School require applications for governors – #southmolton #ndevon



The Governing Body of South Molton Community Primary School (formerly known as the Infant School) is actively looking to appoint one or more new governors to our governing body.

The school is currently transitioning to become a primary school, with building and age group expansion alongside an exciting curriculum development and the governing body is playing an active role in this process. Combined with a very positive Ofsted report last April, the school is at an incredibly interesting stage and a new governor can expect to be part of a positive, progressive team.

We are specifically seeking individuals with one or more of the following skills/knowledge: Good knowledge of the local community, SEN experience/knowledge or a willingness to train towards and financial experience to complement the skill set of the existing group of governors. However, we would welcome expressions of interest from anyone who is keen to contribute to the development of our school and our pupils. As a school governor, you are not expected to be an expert educationalist and educational experience is not necessary. As a ‘lay’ person, your role is to bring your perspective to the decision-making process.

The school’s governing body has three core functions:

  1. i) To set the vision and strategic direction of the school;
  2. ii) To hold the headteacher to account for its educational performance;
  3. iii) To ensure financial resources are well spent.

Evening meetings are held regularly throughout the year, generally on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm, approximately 2-3 per term.

It is fair to say that being a governor requires a solid commitment of time and energy. However, it is a rewarding and challenging voluntary role that makes a real difference to the lives of the children in our community.

If you are interested in the role, or would like more information,

telephone: the school office on 01769 572198.