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News - 18 March 2016

City businesses sign up to 1000 apprenticeships in 1000 days plan

This morning business leaders, training providers and the public sector all came together at Brighton Dome to pledge their support for creating 1000 apprenticeships in 1000 days.

Set up in September 2015, an Employer Skills Task Force (a group comprising 30 business leaders) has been working to find ways to boost opportunities and productivity in and around Brighton & Hove by growing a workforce with the skills that local businesses need.. Led by Zac Toumazi, Chief Executive of Sussex Cricket Club, the Task Force has now published an eight point list of interventions to turn the tide of low apprenticeship uptake in Brighton & Hove.

The report highlights that, “the number of apprenticeships across the South East is falling; the number of apprenticeships in Brighton & Hove is no exception. Meanwhile businesses cite lack of skilled labour and skills mismatch as factors that hold back their growth. The Employer Skills Task Force sees traineeships, apprenticeships and higher apprenticeships as one solution to these local skills challenges.”

Councillor Tom Bewick, chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, said "I'm delighted that the business community has stepped up in this way. We can't create more apprenticeships without employers, so the fact a coalition of business and education leaders have come up with a practical plan for boosting skills opportunities in the city is fantastic news for young people and residents.

"It's also great to see the council, as a major employer, pledging to recruit hundreds of additional apprentices over the coming years. We are committed to making Greater Brighton the best city region in Britain for companies taking on apprentices."

The report recommendations are:

1. To establish a Youth & Employability Organisation.

2. Local businesses should be encouraged to sign the Greater Brighton Pledge to work with the Youth & Employability Organisation and use it as the main source for trainees and apprenticeships.

3. Every school in Brighton & Hove should be allocated at least one key business partner in the city.

4. schools pledge to organise at least 100 hours of contact time between pupils and local businesses.

5. Develop and maintain an apprenticeship brand for the Greater Brighton City Region 6. Encourage each school to have a school governor for enterprise to champion entrepreneurship within the curriculum, support initiatives that raise awareness of the world of work and promote employability.

7. Large businesses (over 250 employees) in the Greater Brighton City Region, including Brighton & Hove City Council, should lead by example by identifying entry level through to higher level jobs that will be appropriate for traineeships and/ or apprenticeships.

8. The Council and local businesses should lobby for a proportion of the proposed Apprenticeship Levy on large employers to be used to help fund the creation of the new Youth and Employability organisation.

So far, 32 organisations have committed 96 pledges to help fulfil the aspirations of the plan, these were:

1. Offer a traineeship, apprenticeship or higher apprenticeship:

2. Offer a workplace visit to your business

3. Offer a work placement to a young person

4. Offer help with student projects or enterprise events/challenges in schools or colleges

5. Offer to speak to pupils in classrooms/assemblies about careers in your sector or what you look for when recruiting

6. Become a school governor

7. Mentor a budding entrepreneur

8. Provide employment advice about your industry e.g. contribute to industry or careers events

To find out more about the plans to create 1000 Apprenticeships in 1000 days and to make a pledge and get involved, visit this link.

To find out more about the report, click here. Or to find out more about the pledge, click here.

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