Suffolk Council has said it is to shake up the way it promotes and administers apprenticeships. It has been suggested that the council set up a training agency itself in order to ‘offer young people greater opportunities.’
Another alternative to the scheme would see the council seeking to “secure the maximum number of high quality apprenticeships through procurement” and to follow Government recommendations to raise the proportion of apprentices to around 2.3%
Labour leader Sandy Martin said: “We welcome the cabinet’s decision to reform the council’s approach to apprenticeships, in-line with the Labour Motion passed earlier this year.
“We are fully in support of any help that can be made available to support care leavers in the county.
“But we also believe the council should consider an apprenticeship training agency for all young people in Suffolk.
“A Labour-led administration would prioritise training and apprenticeships for all who need them.”
‘An essential first step’
The measures were welcomed by Gordon Jones, cabinet member for children’s services, education and skills, who said that high quality Apprenticeships are a vital route into work for young people today.
“Taking up the opportunity that an apprenticeship offers means that the young person can secure the essential first step on their career ladder and gain vital personal and technical skills.
“There are also many benefits to business from employing Apprentices and there are some excellent examples of Suffolk employers using apprenticeships as the cornerstone of their talent pipeline.
“The investment we have made in Apprenticeships Suffolk means that for the first time this year pupils in every maintained secondary school and academy across Suffolk have participated in apprenticeship workshops and events to broaden their understanding of the great opportunities that apprenticeships can afford them.”