Apprenticeships across West Sussex
The County Council has embraced apprenticeships and wishes other employers to do likewise. Any businesses new to apprenticeships can access information and advice from the Apprentice Makers website. West Sussex also offers 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.
We aim to increase apprentices across the county by 5% year on year.
March 2020 performance
The number of apprentice starts for the first 2 quarters on 2019/20 academic year are 2,590 and data can be found at: Apprenticeships and Traineeships Data The full year will not be available until later in 2020.
Our 2020-21 milestone target is 703.8.
Since 2015/16, West Sussex have provided over 21,300 new apprenticeships starts for our community, which is an average over 5,300 per academic year.
The County Council has now connected its digital apprenticeship account with some 50 employers in West Sussex where we have committed to fund an apprenticeship. There are 32 apprenticeship programmes we are actively funding. National Apprenticeship Week was held from 3rd to 9th February and the County Council actively supported this by organising two School Job Fairs which had a strong apprenticeship presence and every delegate (about 300 in total) was given a promotional apprenticeship goody bag. There was also an apprenticeship job Fair in Crawley held that week and another in Horsham later in February.
Unfortunately the Apprenticeship Fair organised in Mid Sussex has had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic along with the annual apprenticeship graduation ceremony which was due to take place in June. The County Council is mindful of the impact the pandemic will have on apprenticeship starts in the future.
West Sussex County Council is continuing to support and promote apprenticeships through Apprenticeship Information Fairs, an annual apprentice graduation ceremony. There has been a significant increase in the number of apprenticeships starting in the county council and schools and through its levy transfer funding programme. We have currently connected to 31 SME employers in the county and are funding their apprenticeship training through our transfer programme. More details can be found here
Apprentices in West Sussex County Council
We also measure the numbers of apprentices within West Sussex County Council. Read more for further details.