Apprenticeship plan set to create opportunities for young people

7 September 2016

A Council is urging firms to create more apprenticeships to develop local talented young people after it published a report looking to increase the number of apprentices it employs.

Plans published today (Wednesday 7 September) could see the number of apprentices employed by South Cambridgeshire District Council rise to ten next year – adding to the five that are already developing their skills with the authority.

Plans for boosting apprenticeships will be presented to a Cabinet meeting next week, with councillors asked to back the plan and make sure career paths are in place so the Council can aim to turn apprenticeships into permanent employment at the end of training.

The Council’s plans are being considered ahead of changes to the way the Government funds apprenticeships in April next year as they bid to create three million new apprenticeships.

Cllr Simon Edwards, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for finance and staffing, said: “We are already doing more than ever to develop a home grown workforce and we have some brilliant apprentices working for us. This plan would double our efforts and create some great opportunities for local young people. When we are recruiting we are finding there is a skill shortage in some specialist areas and what better way to address that than bring through apprentices by developing and training them so they can be the officers we need of the future.

“There are almost 5,000 businesses in South Cambridgeshire and even if half of those took on one apprentice we could create 2,500 opportunities for our young people. However, we hope larger firms will follow our lead and do even more as thousands more jobs could be made available for apprentices which will give them fantastic skills and the firms will be investing in their own future.”

The Cabinet meeting to discuss the plans is being held at 6pm on Thursday 15 September at South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park. The meeting is open to the public.