Initiative launched to help young people on the road to success
Training providers have teamed up with employers to increase the quality and success rate of application for apprenticeship vacancies.
Thousands of young people are being given the chance to receive extra support where they might have otherwise struggled.
To kick start the new 'bootcamps' initiative, 16 providers have successfully bid for funding from the Apprenticeship Application Support Fund which is being managed by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).
NAS originally granted £450,000 towards the Fund, with the Skills Funding Agency later increasing its size to £700,000 after being impressed by the response to the bidding competition and in particular the focus of many bids seeking to improve access to apprenticeships for under-represented groups, such as learners with disabilities. A significant number of the successful bids specifically address this focus.
Graham Hoyle, AELP chief executive, said: "In the current ultra-competitive youth employment market, Apprenticeships are seen as a valuable commodity by both young people and employers alike, yet often the application process itself can be the major stumbling block. The new support is offering innovative ways of addressing this common pitfall to ensure that more young people can develop their vocational talents in Apprenticeship-based employment."
Examples of the new support include:
? CITB ConstructionSkills in partnership with The Prince's Trust looking to find more young people from under-represented groups who want to secure an apprenticeship in the building services industry
? South Leicestershire College leading a regional consortium, including the East Midlands Ambulance Service, to recruit more young people into the local health and social care services
? YMCA Training working with Remploy to engage learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and young people who are socially disadvantaged, e.g. those living in YMCA supported accommodation
David Way, chief executive, National Apprenticeship Service, said: "We know that some young people need a helping hand when applying for an Apprenticeship. These successful bidders will bring fresh energy and creativity to help young people prepare their application; and impress potential employers. We look forward to thousands of young people benefiting from this new initiative, helping to put them on the road to success."