Wiltshire Skills 4 Success - Employability & Informal Skills Development Programme
This Wiltshire Council project seeks to address employers concerns regarding young people's lack of preparedness for the world of work and to address attitudinal and cultural barriers that influence employer's perception of young people.
It will ensure that Wiltshire's young people gain the basic skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition from school into further education, training or employment.
A pilot phase of activities commenced in the autumn of 2012 in preparation for the launch of the main programme in April 2013 which will run up to July 2014.
Wiltshire Apprenticeship Campaign
Wiltshire Council and partners launched The Wiltshire Apprenticeship Campaign to help Wiltshire businesses understand the benefits of apprenticeships to their companies.
The main partners are Wiltshire Council, the National Apprenticeship Service and Wiltshire College with a further 8 partners drawn from business representative organisations and training providers.
From 1st July 2012, partners have committed to encourage Wiltshire employers to create an additional 1000 apprenticeships by the end of July 2013 and in doing so support 100 businesses to take on their first apprentice.
We are also keen to support local employers to re-engage with apprenticeships if they have not taken on an apprentice in recent years.
Since the 1st July 2012 there have been:
- 1081 apprenticeship starts
- 98 new employers engaged
- 487 new jobs created
- 286 conversions of existing jobs
- 234 starts are with new employers and 539 are with employers already engaged in apprenticeships
- 85% of the starts have been for young people aged 16-24