Suffolk County Council and The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have reached the joint decision to bring to a close the current pilot for the Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service. ASBS has successfully worked with over 4,000 employers and generated in excess of 500 new Apprenticeship vacancies, but our evaluation has shown that the pilot model as it is currently operating cannot overcome other barriers within the Apprenticeship system, and therefore a different approach is needed going forward. Suffolk County Council, TCHC and their sub-contracting partner, The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, will work closely together over the next three months to ensure businesses currently engaged through this contract are given appropriate support. Suffolk County Council will look to develop a new approach to supporting the apprenticeship agenda in Suffolk going forward.

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Apprenticeship in Funeral Operations and Services

Funeral Directors in Suffolk are urged to consider work-based training for staff

SME’s in Suffolk and the UK are turning to Apprenticeships to fill skills gaps by recruiting fresh, new talent or by encouraging existing members of staff to develop their skills. This is driven forward by the government’s 2020 Apprenticeship Vision which aims to deliver 3 million quality Apprenticeship starts by 2020.

A local training provider has taken this profound, national effort a step further by dedicating an assessor entirely to the high quality Level 2 and Level 3 Apprenticeship in Funeral Operations and Service. As part of the Apprenticeships Suffolk Business Service’s (ASBS) commitment to empowering Suffolk employers with information to improve training in the workplace, we thought you’d like to know more about it.

Funeral Operatives and Arrangers will benefit from the 12 month Intermediate apprenticeship which includes units teaching how to deal sensitively with business clients, caring for the deceased and understanding how others contribute to the work of a funeral business. This is in addition to Functional Skills (English and Maths) if not already achieved and takes place within the workplace.

If you are a Funeral Director who has overall responsibility for arranging and conducting funerals and handling client accounts, you will benefit from the 18 month, Advanced apprenticeship. Units on this work-based learning scheme include managing funeral arrangements and planning and co-ordinating pre-need services and masonry, understanding the embalming process and leadership and team work, amongst others.

The Apprenticeship in Funeral Operations and Services frameworks are available to start immediately and bring the added benefit of nationally recognised accreditation for your business.

If you are looking for a nationally-recognised, work-based qualification for you and your staff, our free and impartial advisory service is here to help you. A knowledgeable Apprenticeship Advisor can meet with you at a time that suits you to discuss your queries and concerns and is able to give you more information about any additional funding you may be eligible for. Call 01473 694829 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For further information on apprenticeship funding, see our employer information section on our website.

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