GMLPF attended the LCR Apprenticeship Hub Board Meeting on 18 April.
Early indications point to a slight increase in apprenticeship starts in the region for first half of 2018/2019 compared with the same period last year. Whilst this is encouraging news, there are key factors that point to continuing challenges:
- Growth is coming from 25+ age cohort; 16 to 18 apprenticeship starts have fallen in comparison to 17/18
- Growth is seen in advanced and higher level programmes; starts at intermediate level continue to fall
LCR Hub report
The Hub reported on the success of their apprenticeship awareness-raising programme across the region. Over 18 months, the highly productive Hub team have completed a herculean itinerary of communications and events which included planning and executing no less than 33 skills shows across the region, attended by 7000 individuals. They also delivered 14 events to launch the Skills For Growth Action Plans, and carried out 1131 targeted meetings to inform employers, schools, referral agencies, parents and others about apprenticeships.
The report on the LCR Hub Apprenticeship Graduation held on 7 March was shared at the meeting. It provides an overview of the features and successes of the event held at St Georges Hall and opened by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram. Key achievements and points to note include:
- Almost 300 attendees across 2 events
- 103 apprentices graduated at the event
- These apprentices were supported by 24 learning providers
- Apprentices studied at a range of levels (L2 to L5)
- Graduates were of all ages with the majority being between the ages of 17 and 25 (49%)