Suffolk County Council invests £1.5m to boost apprenticeships

In a bid to encourage more Suffolk businesses to employ apprentices, £1.5m has been invested by Suffolk County Council to create a local Apprenticeship Service and drive efforts to promote apprenticeships in the county.

The drive will focus on:

1.       Increasing accessibility of apprenticeships, particularly among SMEs.
2.       Boosting the profile of apprenticeships in schools
3.       Community based marketing and communications: raising awareness of the benefits of apprenticeships, demonstrating the importance of apprenticeships to the local economy, employers and young people.

Current and former apprentices will make up a network of volunteer Apprenticeship Ambassadors to help inspire other young people to think about the apprenticeship route.

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “Apprenticeships are a powerful, but under developed tool to address skill challenges in the local economy and tackle youth unemployment. They allow learners to acquire complex skills in an area of work that they have interest in, and it’s vital that the young person’s talent is matched to the right employer and line of work.

“We recognise the role apprenticeships can play in supporting economic growth and Suffolk has ambitious targets around increasing apprenticeship opportunity, to do this it’s important that we work with employers by dispelling myths of complicated procedures in order to employ an apprentice.

“This allocated funding will be used to better inform businesses and young people of the benefits of apprenticeships and the support that can be accessed for this most important work based training.”