Apprenticeship growth

We want to develop a well-qualified and adaptable workforce, with the skills sets appropriate to the needs of existing business sectors as well as those with potential economic growth.

Apprenticeship projects support the LEP priorities of apprenticeship growth, advanced manufacturing, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and improved careers education and guidance.


Headline achievements

A Young Ambassador Network launched in July 2016 and has 23 young apprentices supporting careers events and other activities to promote apprenticeships. The second Apprentice Graduation Ceremony was held in July, helping to raise the profile of apprenticeships. More than 120 apprentices graduated.

The Locality Project, supported by partners Young Enterprise and the Careers and Enterprise Company, is developing education and industry relationships to improve the work readiness of secondary pupils, via competitions, work experience and industry days. Year 1: 3,333 pupils engaged in enterprise training; 3,600 engaged in employer activities and 1,000 engaged in work experience.