Apprenticeships within West Sussex County Council

As one of the largest employers in the county, the County Council has an important role to play in leading by example to demonstrate the benefits of apprenticeships to a range of stakeholders.
Apprenticeships are really helping us to develop our business, Apprentices bring fresh ideas and help us experience new technology to the organisation. 
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The National Apprenticeship Service is part of the Education and Skills Funding Agency


We offer a diverse range of Apprenticeships in Legal, Care, Premises, Creative Venue Technican, and Engineering 
View our WSCC Apprenticeship pages where you can find out information and view all the latest West Sussex Apprenticeship vacancies. 
Watch our video 'County Council apprentices find gateway to work'
  • Digital Technology Solutions
  • Business Administration
  • Senior Leaders (MBA)
  • Children’s & Young Peoples Workforce
  • Chartered Manager 
  • Adult Care Worker 
  • Associate Project Manager 
  • Commercial Procurement Officer
  • Data Analyst

March 2020 performance

We are at the end of our third year of delivering our apprenticeship programme through the apprenticeship levy funding.  This year, we continue to see a rise in the number of apprentices to 182 apprentices in total, of which, 83 Apprentices are working in the Council and 99 are within our schools (including voluntary-aided schools).  Our apprenticeship provision has continued to grow with dedicated officers working closely with our services, and our schools, to identify and promote relevant apprenticeship standards delivered in partnership with good quality training providers.  There have been challenges which have affected the growth of our apprenticeship programme such as: Ofsted inspections, school closures, and, programmes stopped due to provider quality issues.  During National Apprenticeship Week (3-9 February) we participated in various activities such as developing video case studies, to promote apprenticeships both internally and externally to help the programme develop.
Our public sector target for the year 19/20 is 129 apprentices across our Corporate, Adult and Children’s services and 196 across our School provision. 

Actions 

Looking forward to this next year, we remain fully committed to continuing to develop a quality offer and establish more apprentices across the council and its schools.  
We are monitoring what impact the current Covid-19 Pandemic will have on the programme and have already experienced some delay to apprenticeship starts. 
We are building capacity in our team to focus on the apprenticeship programme and our dedicated L&D Partnerships Officer will be encouraging local businesses to take up the 25% levy transfer offer and implement apprenticeship training in priority areas such as social care.
This year we have made significant progress in improving apprenticeship starts, supporting both our existing workforce and newly recruited apprentices to develop their skills and professional qualifications across a wide range of subjects and vocational areas. The higher and degree level standards are now supporting us to develop social workers, occupational therapists and other hard to recruit roles.
Our Learning & Development Commissioners support services to identify relevant published apprenticeship standards for our staff, address queries around qualification structure and content, and develop proposals for Care Leavers.
We are also implementing an apprenticeship marketing strategy and promoting apprenticeships to existing staff through a range of channels. 
To support schools in making the best use of the Levy the Council funds a dedicated role to help schools to understand how apprenticeships would benefit them and how to access the funding. This role, alongside a project plan and rolling promotional communications is proving extremely successful as the number of apprenticeship starts in schools has now overtaken the starts in the council.
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. 
Looking 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.
As the County Council’s workforce size shrinks and our service provision is outsourced, the impact of the County Council’s apprenticeship programme reduces. It is therefore important, as we commission services, to realistically build apprenticeships and employment and skills initiatives into contractual requirements in order we can maintain the benefit apprenticeships can bring to the local economy.