Several businesses have been awarded money from a £150,000 pot to help them recruit apprentices from the Ryedale area.
But while there are winners, mainly among the technology and engineering sectors, businesses in the hospitality and catering and hairdressing industry were rejected for funding.
Ryedale District Council had put aside the money from the Government’s New Homes Bonus scheme to help the firms claw back most of the costs of taking on an apprentice for a two year period.
They were invited to bid for up to £5,000 per year and per apprentice and apply for up to a maximum of five apprentices.
The final decision as to who received the money was made behind closed doors by Ryedale District Council at its full council meeting earlier this month.
The Mercury understands that technology businesses, such as Swinton Technology and Micro Metalsmiths, feature heavily among the firms that were granted funding. Others winners are believed to include Specialist Cars of Malton, Ryedale Folk Museum, the North York Moors National Park, The Talbot Hotel and Ryedale Arts Centre.
But it can be confirmed that applications from Norton Community Primary School, Suddaby’s Crown Hotel and The Yard pub, both in Malton, and the Goodys hairdressing group were all denied any funding for apprenticeships.
Derwent Training Association is also understood to have received £16,500 of the £30,000 set aside to help training providers to buy new equipment, while The Academy, which teaches hair and beauty students, was turned down for £13,500.
Cllr Linda Cowling, alongside Cllr Caroline Goodrick, put forward the amendment to reject Suddaby’s, The Yard, Norton School, Goodys and The Academy for funding.
She said: “I don’t really want to go into details about why we didn’t allocate money to them. It wouldn’t be fair as I have not had that discussion with them.
“What I would say is I think we have achieved far more through the scheme than we had ever thought. It was well over double what we had expected to create.
“We are really pleased with it and we will evaluate the scheme in a year’s time and if it has been successful, I hope we will be able to repeat it. It is absolutely targeted at the age range and the type of jobs that we need in Ryedale.”