Scheme launched to deliver more apprenticeships
CITB-ConstructionSkills has launched a new initiative which enables apprentices to complete a full apprenticeship programme by working with a number of different employers.
The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is a new skills intervention which has been set up to address some of the difficulties faced by employers who want to support further skills development while working on regional contracts but are not in a position to offer a full term apprenticeship.
Delivered in conjunction with a series of strategic regional partners, such as housing associations and local authorities, the Shared Apprenticeship Schemes deliver the apprenticeships by working with national or local contractors in the area to match the apprentices with suitable opportunities.
CITB-ConstructionSkills is rolling out the programme following successful pilot schemes which tested the new approach in Lancashire, Merseyside and Wales. Ten new schemes will be developed over the coming year. It is anticipated that the schemes will support the recruitment of up to 500 additional apprentices each year.
Steve Hearty, head of employer services at CITB-ConstructionSkills, said: "The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is a fantastic programme which will help to tackle head on some of the major challenges that the industry faces in ensuring we develop the right skills, in the right places, at the right time.
"All apprentices on the scheme will be offered the opportunity to achieve a level 3 qualification in the apprenticeship they undertake. For both employers and apprentices it provides a simple and effective solution that does not substitute traditional recruitment but instead drives additional skills development to meet the needs of employers and industry.
"More widely, however, shared apprenticeships will put industry in a far better position to develop and grow the skills base that's needed at a local level and in line with our forecast projections for future demand. This with strengthen the industry's ability to meet future demand and take advantage of opportunities when the upturn comes."