Hounslow Council surpasses apprenticeship and training opportunity target.
Published: Friday, 5th November 2021
The London Borough of Hounslow has not only achieved but surpassed its target to create 4,000 additional apprenticeship and training opportunities across its neighbourhoods. The ambitious target was pledged in 2018, with the aim to provide residents more chances to get into local and accessible work and has proved even more vital during the continuing challenges which the pandemic has brought.
4,868 openings were created in total – 4,400 between the Council and local employers, and 468 within the Council itself. The figure goes way beyond the original target of 4,000, made three years ago, and is likely to reach 5,000 as the scheme continues. Opportunities are shared amongst age ranges, with a proportion for young people between the ages of 16-24 and for those aged 25 and over.
This pledge was created in direct response to the Government’s 2018’s Apprenticeship Levy which resulted in a national drop in apprenticeship starts and was mirrored in Hounslow. The programme was designed to help employees gain the right skills to access a greater choice of appropriate, meaningful work, that pays well and allows job progression.
In support, the Council promised to also ensure its own house was in order, committing to create 10% of the pledged apprenticeship and training opportunities themselves, as well as key teams across the council working to support the local economy to successfully do the same.
Together with the Shop Local scheme, apprenticeships are also empowering local businesses and employers to grow and repair the borough’s economy with a specially trained workforce.
Cllr Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, said:
“I’m incredibly proud that we’ve not only met our apprenticeships and training opportunities target; but we’ve strived to go even further and create more opportunities for young people to get into work in a way that suits them. Residents have faced even more employment challenges during the pandemic, and this scheme has proved to be even more vital, as we increase our recovery efforts as a borough.
“Apprenticeships are a meaningful way to progress in the world of work, not just for young people but also for adults aged over 25 who may want to grow their skills or switch careers. With the dedication of council staff, employers, and residents across the borough, we’ve managed to successfully build on our previous apprenticeship work and enable residents pursue and progress their careers with apprenticeships in a way that’s meaningful to them. I want to keep creating these chances for people to succeed in Hounslow.”
Mursal Ayubi, a Business Support Officer Apprentice, with Hounslow Council, said:
“My experience as an apprentice has been an exciting new adventure to the start of working life. I’ve been an apprentice for a month now and I love it. I’m learning and gaining new things every day, as well as meeting new people and understanding how the Council works and the many benefits it provides for the community. I really recommend apprenticeships because it gives you a real insight of your future as well as giving you the independence to take control.”
Next steps for the Council’s programme include driving sustainable apprenticeships, enabling vulnerable young people an equal chance to succeed in working, and creating a ‘Green Skills Academy’ which will fuel the Borough’s Green Recovery Scheme.