Councillor Roz Chadd, Hampshire’s Executive Member for Education and Skills, said:
As the County Council’s apprenticeship training partners, the universities of Portsmouth, Solent and Winchester, took part in an all-day outreach event at the County Council headquarters in Winchester on Tuesday (4 February) to showcase the range of apprenticeships available to staff at the Local Authority, including Hampshire schools’ staff.
“By working with expert training partners, we have developed a range of apprenticeships over the last three years to help our staff develop skills that are required now and in the future to transform the delivery of services for the benefit of Hampshire’s residents. We now offer 85 different apprenticeships encompassing social care, management, teaching, legal and everything in-between, and this number is set to grow even further as we identify new opportunities.”
The full range of training providers working with the County Council attended the National Apprenticeship Week event. These include Basingstoke College of Technology, Eastleigh, Portsmouth, and Fareham colleges together with private training providers such as Skills Team, Babington and Fareport; as well as the County Council’s in-house training provider Hampshire Achieves.
Currently, around 800 County Council staff have started an apprenticeship since 2017, funded by the Apprenticeship Levy.
Another reason to celebrate this year is the County Council’s newly-launched £900,000 Levy Transfer scheme. This is the first year that County Council levy funds will also be available to outside employers to recruit and train apprentices.
Small and medium employers throughout Hampshire are now able to apply to the Authority for funding for their own apprenticeships, from funds transferred from the apprenticeship levy.
To qualify, employers will be required to train apprentices within Hampshire and prioritise apprenticeships for those who are vulnerable, such as young people who are not in education or training, the long-term unemployed, care leavers and people with special educational needs and disabilities.