The number of apprenticeship vacancies advertised each week in York is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels, reflecting the strength of the city’s apprenticeship offer.
The apprenticeship update report will be considered by the council’s Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, Cllr Andrew Waller, later this month (20 October).
The report sets out the actions taken by our Apprenticeships and Skills Teams to support employers and residents as the city continues its recovery following the covid pandemic.
It highlights the rise in the number of apprenticeships available in the city, which are now around double pre-pandemic levels, with around 200 vacancies being offered each week in a wide range of sectors, including retail, hospitality and tourism.
We've continued our commitment to invest in apprenticeships, both within the authority and across the city, with 53 apprenticeships ongoing in the council at present, supporting succession planning and upskilling existing staff members of all ages.
We've also made significant progress in enabling other local organisations to benefit from its Apprenticeship Levy funding. The Apprenticeship Levy is a Government funding system that requires larger businesses to set aside a proportion of their monthly payroll bill to fund the training and assessment of apprenticeships. After inviting other local employers to apply for a transfer of funds from the council’s levy, £75,000 worth of transfers have been agreed to support apprenticeship opportunities across six organisations.
Cllr Andrew Waller, the council’s Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:
The strength of York’s apprenticeship offer is in its range and diversity and we are seeing that more than ever this year. The number of apprenticeship opportunities is higher than we’ve seen for some time with placements available in a wide range of sectors from construction and hospitality to early years childcare, healthcare, IT and digital.
“Officers within the council have worked hard to help young people starting on their careers, and those who needed to retrain, and this has helped teams within the council to fill vacant posts and help deliver frontline services.
“I’m particularly pleased to see the progress we’ve made in increasing the amount of Apprenticeship Levy we’re using in the city, sharing £75,000 with six other organisations across York to support the development of their new and existing employees.
“I’d urge anyone who wants to get their career off to a great start, upskill, or change roles, to consider an apprenticeship.”
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