At the next cabinet meeting on 9 December, council members will be asked to support the implementation of a New Apprenticeship Training Provider Framework to commence in February 2021.
The Council currently delivers the training element of its Apprenticeship Programme, known as ‘Endless Possibilities’ via an Apprenticeship Training Provider Framework which started in 2017 and is due to expire on 10 February 2021. As the current framework has worked so well, a similar Framework Agreement has been proposed to replace the existing one in order to ensure continuation of the Council’s Apprenticeship Programme which offers apprenticeship training to the Council and its maintained schools.
Councillor Bal Chattha, Portfolio Holder for Personnel and Business Support said,
“The Endless Possibilities programme has been really successful, currently there are 394 apprentices on programme. In fact recently one of our apprentices won the BAME Apprentice of the year award, with two of our apprentices also reaching the finals.”
“With 35 council employees working towards Degree Apprenticeships, this framework is an opportunity to continue to ‘grow’ leaders of the future, enabling them to combine work with study as a work-based, academic or combined qualification or as a professional qualification relevant to the industry.”
“The Council is keen to continue with this effective format of provision and over the next 3-5 years this replacement framework will continue to provide apprenticeship training opportunities to new and existing employees within the council and its maintained schools.
“Developing new skills, enabling access to a wider range of employment opportunities and increased independence that comes from being in work will also have a positive impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing of residents in the borough.”
“Our programme aims to offer young people in the borough access to a quality apprenticeship as a real alternative to university or a low paid job with no training, allowing them to earn while they learn, with up to 10% of apprenticeship opportunities ring fenced for care-leavers.”
Informal consultation has already taken place with the Council’s Apprenticeship Working Group, which includes a schools representative and with other managers and staff, in preparation for this proposal.
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