We have joined a brand-new project headed up by the College of West Anglia (CWA), launched to encourage the uptake of apprentices and number of apprenticeships being offered across the area of the former Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Area Enterprise (GCGP LEP).
The Target Apprenticeships project is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and has brought a project value of £2.7 million to the local area.
CWA are leading the project, working in partnership with other colleges; West Suffolk College, Cambridge Regional College and Peterborough Regional College, as well as Steadfast Training, Form the Future CIC, Edge Partnership and Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education.
The project will focus on taking a three-pronged approach to promote apprenticeship provision across the area to support employers, people seeking apprenticeship opportunities, and schools and colleges.
Susie Massen, Project Manager for the ESF and Work-based Projects at CWA, said:
‘This is an exciting opportunity for businesses, schools and potential apprentices to gain a better understanding of the apprenticeship programme and how it will enhance skills and build careers. We and our partners are very excited to be launching this new ESF project.’
One focus area will be to target those who want to become apprentices and removing any barriers that are stopping them to achieve this goal, while another will target business who are employing less than 250 employees and who have not had an apprentice in the last three years.
Laraine Moody, Vice Principal for Employer Engagement here at West Suffolk College said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this project. We work with a huge range of employers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and this project will give us the opportunity to expand the number of apprenticeships on offer and for us to support economic growth through employer based training.”
Lastly, the project aims to encourage future apprentices by providing careers advice, guidance and support. The partnership is working with a number of education providers to work closely with businesses to focus on raising the profile of apprenticeships and the degree and career opportunities available through the apprenticeship route.