We have also recently submitted out 17/18 data to the Education & Skills Funding Agency as Follow:
- Digital Technology Solutions
- Business Administration
- Senior Leaders (MBA)
- Children’s & Young Peoples Workforce
- Senior Housing Officer
- Chartered Manager
- Adult Care Worker
- Associate Project Manager
- Commercial Procurement Officer
- Data Analyst
- Senior Production Chefs
- School Business Professional Level 4
- Post Graduate Teaching Degree
- Senior Leaders MBA (Educational Leadership pathway).
February 2018 performance
We have also been sourcing providers to deliver our apprenticeship requirements and ensuring they are signed up to our Dynamic Purchasing System and able to deliver our requirements.
We are still waiting for key apprenticeships to be finalised that are of particular interest to us as a Local Authority and these are:
- Social Work degree
- Occupational Therapy degree
- Civil Engineering Level 4
The Senior Strategic Leaders (MBA) Level 7 Masters level degree has very recently been approved and we are now waiting for university providers to give us dates of when they will be ready to deliver.
We continue to have challenges associated with bringing in the new apprenticeship arrangements – including some of the key new apprenticeship standards not yet being available (see above), the funding crisis in our schools, procurement timelines and the need for managers to release their apprentices for 20% off the job training.
Quarter 3 December 2017 performance
In April 2017 the Government introduced a number of apprenticeship reforms as part of its ambition to create an additional 3 million apprenticeship starts in England, by 2020, and in doing so, develop vocational skills, increasing the quantity and quality of the apprenticeship experience. West Sussex County Council has been transitioning over to the new apprenticeship arrangements which mean that public sector bodies can now plan and fund apprenticeship qualifications for their staff ranging from level 2 (equivalent to GCSE level) qualifications right up to degree and masters level apprenticeships.
A number of new Apprenticeship Standards are being developed which will provide greater opportunities for public sector apprentices when they come on-stream. Several of these standards will be very important in filling skills shortages within the Council in many occupational skills shortage areas such as Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Civil Engineers and Social Workers to name but a few. The development of these standards has had much greater involvement from employers who have been actively involved in developing the new apprenticeship standard qualifications.
- Have met with all Directors to brief them and their managers of the opportunities that are or will become available for their directorates
- Have identified apprenticeship training opportunities for each directorate
- Have met with all Schools and a number of Boards of Governors
- Identified appropriate training opportunities for Schools
- Provided information to directorate He Consultants in order for workforce planning to take place that encompasses the take up of apprenticeship training
- Are working with Communications & Engagement to develop a promotional campaign for all staff and managers so the training offer reaches everyone.
Quarter 2 - September 2017 performance
This quarters figures dropped in July and August and subsequently grew in September to their highest level for almost a year. They are yet to rise further as the year progresses and it is extremely likely this measure will be met throughout the year. The County Council has been procuring Apprenticeship Training providers in order to spend its new Apprenticeship Levy fund for Apprenticeship training and this new way of investment is having a positive impact on our take up of apprenticeships. The fund can be used to pay for apprenticeship training for existing employees which should see a rise in the number of existing employees in both council and school services who study a professional qualification using this route. More apprenticeship training pathways are being developed and becoming available to employers which will also help us to grow our apprenticeship offer in both schools and corporate. An Officer has been designated to work with schools for a year to encourage their engagement with apprenticeships which aims to see an increase in the number of Apprentices working for them.
Quarter 1 - June 2017 performance
The County Council has embraced apprenticeships and wishes other employers do likewise. Any businesses new to Apprenticeships can access information and advice from the Apprentice makers website. West Sussex also offers business to business advice to any employer new to Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are a key way of boosting the local economy, through providing training along side paid work opportunities, providing opportunities for skills development all of which can enhance productivity and increase competitiveness of businesses.