The new Apprenticeship Hub – driving greater access to apprenticeships for both residents and business

Southampton City Council is set to lead a Hampshire wide partnership after securing nearly £2m of funding to deliver a new ‘Apprenticeship Hub’ in the Solent region. The scheme will raise local employer awareness of the benefits of Apprenticeships in meeting their skills and business needs. The Hub will also support young people and residents to access Apprenticeships.

The scheme will be delivered by the Council and its partners over the next three years, with funding of nearly £1m secured from the European Social Fund. This figure will be matched by all of the partner organisations, which consist of Southampton City Council, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, The Association of Learning Providers for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight (ALPHI), EBP South, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council, Solent University and the University of Portsmouth.

Cabinet Member for Aspiration, Schools and Lifelong Learning at Southampton City Council, Councillor Dr Darren Paffey said: ““Since 2012, the Labour administration has been determined to open up more opportunities for apprentices in Southampton. We carried out an inquiry, developed an action plan, secured almost 1 million euros of investment, and ensured we led the way with apprenticeships within the Council.

This new project will see us leading a Solent Apprenticeship Hub which will establish a regional enquiries service for young people, employers, schools and colleges, deliver a brokerage service for employers, support small and medium-sized businesses who want to take on apprentices, and support over 1500 individuals to access and achieve an apprenticeship qualification.”

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