Quarter 4 March 2019 - Apprentices in West Sussex
We are coming
to the end of our 2018/19 apprenticeship year. As part of the Apprenticeship
Levy, we have a public sector target for new apprenticeships, which this year was
114 apprentices across our Corporate, Adults’ and Children’s services and 199
across our School provision, making a total of 313. We now have over 100
apprentices undertaking training.
2018 we have gained traction and are supporting both our staff and newly
recruited apprentices to develop their skills and professional qualifications
across a whole range of subject areas. We have developed a 3-year plan with all
Directorates and Schools to map where there is the potential for workforce
development using the Apprenticeship Levy.
We have worked
closely with all services to identify relevant apprenticeship standards for our
staff, addressed queries around qualification structure and content and developed
proposals for supporting Care Leavers into career tasters with a view to
progressing onto apprenticeships. In addition, we have undertaken marketing and
promotional activities to raise awareness and continue with myth busting around
the apprenticeship offer to existing staff, through a range of channels.
We have an
Apprenticeship Governance Board which helps ensure ownership of the apprenticeship
agenda amongst the senior leadership team and have grown the board to include
Champions to further promote the agenda and look at new opportunities.
During the autumn
an animated film
for schools to help highlight the benefits of apprenticeships and how schools
can access funding to support their apprenticeships. This has been well
received with 120 views to date. In November, the Education and Skills service
put on an Apprenticeships workshop as part of an information day for
schools. It was well attended and received positive feedback.
Subsequently the interest from schools has grown and the number of apprenticeship
starts across this calendar year has continued to grow.
forward, as well as continuing to focus efforts on developing our staff, we
will be engaging with the newly approved Social Work and Occupational Therapy
degree apprenticeships, supporting our Fire Service to transfer their Fire
Fighter training over to the new apprenticeship standard and working with
organisations across the county to take up the 25% levy transfer offer and
implement apprenticeship training in priority areas such as social care.