LEPs Leading Cross Regionally to Buck National Trend in Apprenticeships

MAJOR employers, colleges, universities and training providers were at a cross regional event held recently to encourage more partnership working to meet employers demand for apprenticeships.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership and Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) developed the event to develop better solutions for apprenticeships by maximising the use of the apprenticeship levy and increasing employers’ appetite for higher level skills.

The successful event, came immediately after data from the Department for Education showed a dip in the number of apprenticeships delivered nationally since the levy reforms were introduced in April 2017.

Attended by over 30 partners, the event was supported by the Institute of Apprenticeships who shared their plans to modify and improve on apprenticeship accreditation, working more closely with partners to reduce bureaucracy and duplication.

Skills and Employability Board Member Dr Ruth Smith from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership said: “Local colleges and training providers reported that contrary to the national decline they are still seeing high levels of demand and enthusiasm from local employers who see apprenticeships as a great opportunity to address skills.”

At the event, local business leader Nestle discussed their approach in appointing apprenticeship and demonstrated how this has enabled them to embed apprenticeships into their workforce planning. The North York Moors National Park provided case studies on how young apprentices had completed training and moved into a variety of regional roles, and the University of Hull spoke about their experiences collaborating with partners to develop higher and degree apprenticeships.

Speaking on behalf of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Head of Intervention Clive Howarth said: ”The organisation wants to support employers, training providers and colleges to consider the development of new apprenticeship pathways to enable the development of products to take to market that meet the needs of local businesses and provide opportunities to up-skill young people and adults in the area.’’

The event, held at Askham Bryan College, marked an important step in Local Enterprise Partnerships, apprenticeship providers, educational institutions and employers working together to provide informed apprenticeship solutions that will help open up further opportunities and provide benefit to our area.

In addition, to help businesses make sense of the apprenticeship levy brought in by the government, our growth hub How’s Business, has produced a toolkit with videos including advice from Apprentice Programme Lead Jill Coyle at Nestle, which can be obtained here

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