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The Education and Skills Act 2008 will make participation in learning compulsory for all 17 year olds from 2013 and all 18 year olds from 2015, in an effort to meet the Government’s ambition of achieving world-class skills in the UK by 2020.

Apprenticeships are key to achieving this ambition and the Government intends that one in five of all young people will be following this particular career pathway by 2020.

Employers have a crucial role to play by establishing more apprenticeship vacancies and recruiting more young people onto this increasingly attractive pathway, and as a major employer in a local, regional and national context, the public sector is expected to take a significant lead. Currently, it represents 20% of the national workforce but only provides 10% of Apprenticeship places.

LGYH is already playing its part in this strategy, and as a result of a successful bid for RIEP (Regional Improvement and Efficiency Programme) funding, appointed two Apprenticeship Managers to work across the region with Councils, Fire and Police Services and the National Apprenticeship Service to fill capacity gaps.

Apprenticeships – New Support Materials Available

A ‘How to …’ Toolkit has been produced to provide strategic advice and practical support Councils to assist them to develop and enhance their apprenticeship programmes.

The Toolkit, which consists of workshop and presentation materials and an easy to use guide, has been developed as part of the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Programme (RIEP) funded ‘Growing the Number of Apprenticeships’ project with sponsorship provided by the National Apprenticeship Service.

The Guide

Offers help and advice on Apprenticeships at both strategic and practical levels, with examples of good practice from Councils across the Yorkshire and Humber region and beyond.

A 'How to' Guide to Apprenticeships

A 'How to' Guide to ApprenticeshipsA 'How to' Guide to Apprenticeships

Workshop/Presentation Materials

Two workshop/presentation packs have been produced which can be tailored and adapted to include information specific to individual Councils.

Heads of Service and HR/OD Managers

Provides strategic advice on how Apprenticeships will help to address issues such as unemployment and worklessness, budget savings and efficiencies and how they can be used to enhance skills and knowledge.

For more information or to receive the relevant documents please email

Line Managers/Supervisors

Provides practical advice to increase knowledge and understanding of Apprenticeships and an awareness of how effective support can guarantee a positive experience for Apprentices and their Line Managers

For more information or to receive the relevant documents please email

LGYH: The Orangery, Back Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TG Telephone: 01924 200 262 email:

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