New initiative aims to bring Suffolk apprenticeship boost

A new initiative, the Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service, has been launched, which aims to work with employers in the county to place thousands of young people in apprenticeship roles.

Led by skills development provider TCHC and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Suffolk County Council, the service aims to place 2,605 apprentices with local businesses by March 2017.

It will provide free advice and support companies to identify apprenticeship opportunities within their business. It will also help companies to access grant funding and provide monitoring to ensure there is an effective relationship between a business, the training provider and the apprentice.

Director Teresa Logan said: “Historically, employers have had to research how to take on an apprentice by themselves but one of the key roles of this new service is to raise awareness and demystify the whole process of taking on an apprentice. It will be a quality service that will talk directly to businesses about their needs.”

“This latest service is another part of an integrated package of support that is being offered to businesses, where companies can be sign-posted to a particular service depending on their need.”