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SKILLS

“Inspiring and developing our future workforce, so that businesses can grow”

Indicator

Target/

profile

Progress

Status

 

Previous

Current

Change

Employability events supported for 11-16 year olds

100

137

Green

Green

=

Employability events supported in Primary Schools

10

11

Green

Green

=

Employability events supported for 16-18 year olds

30

44

Green

Green

=

Schools engaging in briefings about work experience

16

16

Green

Green

=

Young people engaged in briefings about work experience

1,500

2,469

Green

Green

=

Providing information on the local labour market

18

18

Green

Green

=

CAREERS CHAMPIONS

 GCP has also supported schools to develop their capacity by providing access to two programmes:

 a) A Careers Coaching programme with a company called Talentino - 9 schools and 79 staff

 b) L4 & L6 Units of the Careers qualification - upskilling staff to ensure that those providing careers Information Advice and Guidance are appropriately qualified. This is delivered by Cambridgeshire County Council - 6 schools 11 staff

Both of these programmes are still on going and some schools are now exploring/committed to the Careers Quality Award as a result.

TRAINING NEEDS ANALYSIS

Through CRC, GCP is supporting an increased awareness raising campaign amongst our businesses, across our priority sectors, to conduct a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and discuss how apprenticeships could be part of their workforce development plans. CRC are aiming to deliver 179 TNA’s (67 of which will be with employers that were previously not working with CRC). Progress as of the end of December 2017 was as follows;

 

Contracted TNA’s

Actual TNA December

Sector

50

15

Construction

24

11

Adv Manufacturing

15

5

IT

30

5

Life Sciences

60

12

Engineering

Total - 179

Total - 48

 

 

A further update will be available in July 2018.

APPRENTICESHIPS

  1.  As has previously been reported, the total number of apprenticeships in Greater Cambridge in the 2015/16 academic year was 1,550 – an 18% increase against the 2014/15 total of 1,310. Whilst the increase cannot be solely related to GCP activity, the increase does correlate with the start of GCP’s activity on skills. This growth is reflected across all levels of apprenticeship: higher, advanced and intermediate.

  2. We had expected to have final data on the full academic year 2016/17 by now.   This data has not been released from the ESFA and is expected in March 2018.

  3. As is discussed in the FIS paper the GCP has an apprenticeship target (additional 420) to meet but also recognises that the process for meeting the target can’t be achieved in isolation of other skills work happening across the area. To that end, all further work will be designed in close consultation with the CA to ensure that the GCP’s activity is fully aligned with the CA’s Skills Strategy which, is due to be completed in July 2018

  4. The skills working group acknowledges the need to focus on the apprenticeship target but wants to deliver a framework that ensures close linkages with schools, business and parents across all its work on skills.

  5. As such, the working group has agreed to externally procure a piece of work to take it towards additional delivery and officers are currently working on the procurement process. Depending on the quality of tender returns new activity should be operational by early May 2018.