Sandwell Council continues to back apprentice scheme

Sandwell Council has pledged its continued support for a local apprentice scheme to encourage continued uptake and increase the number of local young people who are working.

In its first two years, the Sandwell Council apprenticeship scheme has trained approximately 500 people and the council operates the ‘Sandwell Jobs Guarantee’ which is a partnership scheme with local businesses to secure work for apprentices.

The local authority’s chief executive, Jan Britton announced that they are looking to extend the range of partners and efforts to secure businesses with apprentices that they require.

Britton explained, “we are 100 per cent committed to getting more people into apprenticeships in Sandwell through initiatives such as the Sandwell Guarantee.

There are no plans whatsoever to reduce the amount of money available for apprenticeships in Sandwell. Getting young people into work is a top priority for us.

We are actively working together with our partners, including Sandwell College, to make the best use of everyone’s resources, to ensure the way we deliver apprenticeship schemes is even more effective in the future.

Our aim is to increase, not reduce, the number and range of apprenticeships on offer in the borough for the benefit of local residents and employers,” he added.

Council leader Darren Cooper said that Sandwell is aiming to foster greater collaboration between agencies involved in the training of apprentices, job centres and employers to ensure that apprentices find appropriate work.

Linking all these services under one umbrella gives us much better value for money and also the chance to get young people back into work,” Cooper concluded.