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Apprenticeships Update

Meeting: 27/04/2021 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning (Item 46)

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This report provides an update to the Executive Member on apprenticeship activity in York in the first quarter of 2021, including:

·      The work of the impartial Apprenticeship Hub

·      use of apprenticeships to support skills development within the City of York Council’s existing workforce

·      the council’s apprenticeship levy transfer process.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

(i)            That the contents of the report be noted.

 

(ii)         That a 6-monthly update be received at a future Decision Session - Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning.

 

Reason: To continue to encourage the creation of apprenticeship opportunities in York, by supporting local businesses to access available funding and to support routes to employment for local residents.

Minutes:

The Executive Member considered a report which provided an update on apprenticeship activity in York in the first quarter of 2021.

 

During discussion of the item, officers:

·        Stated that the profile of the council’s impartial Apprenticeships Hub had been raised over the past few months due to engagement events across social media and virtual events.

·        Explained that educational disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic had caused more young people to opt to remain in education post-16, but it was important that they were aware and informed of all routes open to them, including apprenticeships.

·        Gave notice that York’s Apprenticeship Levy Transfer process was up and running.

·        Informed the Executive Member that there had been improvements in the internal usage of apprenticeship levy at the City of York Council, and that its usefulness as a means to fill vacancies and upskill existing staff was increasingly understood.

 

The Executive Member:

·        Stated that he appreciated the work around the Apprenticeship Levy and had written to the Department of Education to request more flexibility on its utilisation.

·        Thanked officers for their work in a time of difficult financial circumstances brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

 

Resolved:

 

(i)           That the contents of the report be noted.

 

(ii)         That a 6-monthly update be received at a future Decision Session - Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning.

 

Reason: To continue to encourage the creation of apprenticeship opportunities in York, by supporting local businesses to access available funding and to support routes to employment for local residents.


 

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