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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What is an Apprenticeship?

Taking on apprentices can be a great way to help your businesses bridge existing or potential skills gaps, giving you access to essential skills you require both now and in future.

An Apprenticeship gives an employee the opportunity to gain a qualification and practical experience at the same time. Programmes can last from 12 months to 4 years and are available at three different levels.

Hiring an apprentice is a great way to help you grow your own talent and build a qualified and motivated team.

Which employers are eligible for Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are available to employers of all sizes. They can be for new or existing employees, provided they work a minimum of 30 hours per week. The qualification frameworks cover up to 1500 different occupations across 170 industries.

If you are interested in employing an apprentice and your business is located in Suffolk, we are able to guide you through the process and assist you in finding a suitable training provider. To get started, leave a message below or call us on 01473 694829 today.

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