Boosting apprenticeship opportunities in Southampton23rd January 2014
A new initiative aimed at boosting the number of apprenticeship opportunities in Southampton was given the go ahead by the council’s Cabinet this week.
The Southampton Apprenticeship Action Plan will help provide more local people with valuable work experience and training through apprenticeships, to support them into employment and enhance their longer-term career prospects.
Delivery of the plan got underway with an information event held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday 21 January in partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), for anyone interested in finding about apprenticeship opportunities in Southampton. Over 150 people attended to meet with local training providers about what’s involved, marking the start of an extensive programme of activities which will help local people into an apprenticeship that’s right for them, and support local employers to take on more apprentices.
In line with the council’s City Deal ambitions, with the support of partners - including the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership - and the funding available through them, this comprehensive action plan aims to ensure that more young people are able to benefit from the economic growth of Southampton, and employers will be able to access the skills they need to thrive.
Cllr Matt Tucker, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Leisure Services, said: “I am delighted we are able to go ahead with the Southampton Apprenticeship Action Plan which will bring tremendous benefits for our city, particularly to our younger population.
“Apprenticeships will play a key part in raising the aspirations of local people and supporting them into employment. This project will help maximise the number of employers in the city - including the council - taking on apprentices.
“Small and medium sized enterprises in the city will be encouraged to consider employing an apprentice which we’re confident will benefit the employer, the apprentice and our local economy more broadly. Nurturing skills among our residents is a priority for us, and it is this kind of commitment to local people that will help our city continue to prosper.”
“Furthermore, I`m delighted that the Apprenticeship Graduation Day will be going ahead in the autumn of 2014. This event, which will be launched as part of our city’s 50th birthday celebrations, will recognise the great achievements of our apprentices over the course of their training.”
To find out about apprenticeship and training opportunities in Southampton, please visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.