Apprenticeships and Skills
Apprenticeships are a key priority for the LEP and play a vital role in growing our local economy, as evidenced in our Strategic Economic Plan. As part of our expanded Growth Deal with Government we are committed to:
• Investing £5m to upgrade West Herts College, including a new town centre campus in Hemel Hempstead which will enable the college to deliver adult apprenticeships and deliver additional engineering, construction and technology qualifications
• Investing £0.4m to establish a Design and Innovation Centre at North Herts College in Stevenage. This ‘Fab Lab’ will be supported by advanced engineering skills training.
• Investing £0.8m in Oaklands College to help redevelop the site to include a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) centre and fund around 100 new science and technology sector Higher Level apprenticeships.
Find out how we are equipping the next generation of employees to meet the future needs of employers. Read our Apprenticeship Strategy and corresponding Apprenticeship Action Plan (revised June 2016) .
Find out what is the appetite among businesses for Higher/Degree-level apprentices and what is the perceived impact on business performance. Read our Higher Apprenticeship Survey Report and view the Higher Apprenticeship Toolkit here.
On these pages you can:
Find out how taking on an apprentice can benefit your business, including useful links to funding and support opportunities and further advice.
Read the Government's plan for how it will increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, achieving its target of three million by 2020.
Sign up for visits to employers to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities for school leavers.
Apprenticeships play a key role in our Skills Strategy. We are working with partnership organisations to ensure we have an adaptable workforce that meets the changing needs of employers.
In addition our skills agenda is the principal focus for the delivery of our European Investment Strategy, with around half of our £30m allocation from the European Social Fund (ESF) earmarked for investing in skills, education and lifelong learning. We intend to use this to promote the use of Higher Level Apprenticeships, especially in manufacturing and industrial strategy priority sectors.