Wiltshire Council officials have launched a business engagement programme that hopes to encourage more local companies to hire apprentices, as part of its plan to have nearly 7,000 people starting an apprenticeship every single year.
Working hard to increase apprenticeship starts
Local council employees are working hard to promote higher and degree apprenticeships in the South-West County. As it stands Wiltshire provides around 5,000 apprenticeship starts every year, but last year saw a meagre 40 individual’s achieving a higher apprenticeship.
With the Conservatives intending to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, the council is looking to increase apprenticeship starts to 6,750 by 2019/2020.
Over the next 12 months, council officials will embark on a local campaign that will involve them travelling to schools, colleges, SMEs and large scale industrial employers in order to give advice on how they can get involved with an apprenticeship programme.
The campaign has ‘got off to a great start’
Fleur de Rhe-Philipe, one of the local council members involved in the business engagement programme, is confident that the initiative can help Wiltshire gain more apprentices.
‘‘The campaign is still in its early days, but it’s got off to a great start,’’ said Rhe-Phillipe, who added that there are a number of media opportunities available for businesses that are looking to get involved in the programme.
‘‘It is not just focused on increasing numbers, but about delivering real value to those considering an apprenticeship, or a business potentially taking one on,’’ continued the council member.