Councillors urge businesses to follow suit as apprenticeships created

16 September 2016

Councillors have agreed a plan to boost the number of apprenticeships next year and is urging firms to follow suit in a bid to increase the opportunities for local young people.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has agreed to increase the number of apprentices it employs to ten - adding to the five that are already developing their skills with the authority.

The plan was agreed by councillors at a Cabinet meeting last night (Thursday 15 September) who said that they will also aim to make sure career paths are in place so the Council can aim to turn apprenticeships into permanent employment at the end of training wherever possible.

The Council has agreed the plan ahead of changes to the way the Government funds apprenticeships in April next year. The new rules would see three million new apprenticeships created.

Cllr Simon Edwards, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for finance and staffing, said: “I am really pleased we have agreed to increase the number of apprentices we employ and would like to urge other local firms to think how they could benefit from doing likewise. We have some brilliant apprentices working for us already who come with fresh and bright ideas to make sure we continue to provide the best services possible to local people.

“There is no doubt that we have experienced a skills shortage when we have tried to recruit in some specialist areas and believe we can develop and train our own staff to help address this.

“I would urge local companies to look into the opportunities apprentices offer them as the range apprenticeships available now is far wider than ever before. If every other firm in the district created one new apprenticeship we would have 2,500 new opportunities for our young people and there is a possibility to do much more.”

More information can be found in the report presented to the Council's Cabinet meeting.