Monday, November 7, 2016

News: Apprentice Development Programme for SCR


An innovative new programme of training has been launched to help ensure that apprentices joining businesses in the Sheffield city region (SCR) develop key employability skills and are "job-ready."

The city region's growth plan includes headline figures to help deliver an additional 70,000 new jobs; increase GVA by 10% and create an additional 6,000 new businesses over the next ten years. This year saw the launch of the Skills Bank - a £17m fund which is being used to upskill employees.

Having worked across the city region supporting graduates to the fill the "gap" in making the transition from University to full-time employment, BSA Training has now developed a programme to support the SCR's apprentices.

Based in Doncaster, BSA Training works with organisations, groups and individuals to identify areas of development, gain a deeper organisational awareness and to create and deliver bespoke programmes in areas such as leadership, management and customer service.

The Apprentice Development Programme is aimed specifically at local apprentices, and recently qualified apprentices, with the aim of filling the gaps in their learning and ultimately prepare them for the working environment. From understanding personal strengths and developing professional relationships to effective time management and developing self-confidence and communication skills.

Bobby Singh of BSA Training, said: "Apprenticeships are a key priority on the Government's agenda, equipping individuals with the skills that employers require to grow and compete in their industry. Apprenticeships allow talented young people to gain the technical skills and underpinning knowledge through on-the-job training with the employer, supported by the Apprenticeship provider, however, apprentices are often new to the workplace with little previous working experience, and may lack some of the key employability skills that they need to be successful within a business.

"Being an approved provider of the Sheffield City Region Skills Bank, also means that funding is available to part-finance this training."

The training will be available as either an in-house (for a minimum of eight apprentices) or open programme across the city region.

For more information on the Apprentice Development Programme, visit

The new programme is an example of the SCR's vision to fundamentally change the relationship between the suppliers of the skills system, colleges and training organisations and its customers, the businesses who need the skills to deliver economic prosperity. The aim is to create a demand-led skills system funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and Growth Funding from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

BSA Training website

Images: Skills Funding Agency


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