A key strength in Wiltshire is the integrated approach to the Education, Employment & Skills Challenge between the Council’s 13-19 Education & Skills Team, Integrated Youth Service and Employment & Skills Team within the Economy & Regeneration Service.

Employment & Skills Board

The Board covers the following priorities:
  • Address the worklessness priorities of the area
  • Assist young people to acquire the appropriate competencies, functional skills and experience of the work environment
  • Develop employability skills to provide a better balance and focus between attitudinal values, vocational skills and academic achievement and develop a framework of support for young people and other new labour market entrants to attain and sustain their first employment
  • Support the up-skilling and re-skilling of adults Support employers to develop their workforce to sustain and grow their business
  • Ensure skills match business need through provision that is appropriate and accessible for employer and learner needs
  • Ensure maximisation of skills utilisation
  • Deliver Apprenticeship growth
  • Improve access to HE facilities and courses which support growth sectors and opportunities

The current Work & Skills Plan identifies the following five worklessness priorities:

  • Encouraging appropriate jobs growth
  • Tackling cultural/attitudinal barriers
  • Improving skills, confidence and self esteem
  • Improving in work sustainability
  • Addressing Institutional Issues

ESF World Skills – Wiltshire ‘Have a Go’ Skills Taster Events & Apprenticeship Week Activities

Apprenticeship Week 2013 will be held during 11th – 15th March at Salisbury Racecourse on 12th March and Trowbridge Civic Centre on 14th March

It will engage 1,500 young people with 6,000 ‘Have a Go’ skills activities.

Apprenticeship Surgeries will provide support around CV writing, interview techniques, registering / applying on AV etc and Speed Dating sessions will run aimed at introducing potential apprentices to employers with actual apprenticeship vacancies. 

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

Company Name: Enterprise Wiltshire Limited
Place of registration: England & Wales
Registered number: 4598514
Registered office address: County Hall, Bythesea road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN

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