Lambeth partnership to boost local apprenticeships in south east London
10 March 2017
A three-way local partnership and programme to help boost the number of apprenticeships on offer to people over the age of 16 in Lambeth, launched recently (Thursday 9 March) at the Lambeth Apprenticeship Ambitions Conference, at The Kia Oval in Kennington.
London South Bank University (LSBU) has joined forces with Lambeth Council and Lambeth College to create the Lambeth Apprenticeships Programme (LAP) to promote apprenticeships to potential candidates and help meet the Government’s national target of 3,000 more apprentices by 2020.
The LAP aims to encourage young people to view apprenticeships as an accredited and formally recognised path to achieve progress in their professional career.
New entrants to the programme will be able to start at level 1 (GCSE equivalent) and work through to Masters degree level, with the aim of achieving a qualification formally recognised by industry and the education sector.
Current vacancies will be provided through Lambeth College’s apprenticeship advisory and recruitment service, in partnership with local and national employers.
‘Apprentice ambassadors’ act as role models for current and potential apprentices, sharing their own experiences of ‘earning and learning’ with 17 Lambeth schools and Lambeth College students.
Cllr Paul McGlone, Lambeth Council's Deputy Leader for Investment and Partnerships said: “Providing more support for apprenticeships is vital to providing the best life chances for our young people and tackling inequality in our borough.
“Through our work with LSBU and Lambeth College, we are ensuring young people have guidance and inspiration from apprenticeship ambassadors so that they are able to take advantage of the career opportunities that apprenticeships can offer.”
Professor Pat Bailey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at LSBU said: “LSBU is delighted to be working with Lambeth College and Lambeth Council on the Careers Cluster project.
“We are an enthusiastic supporter of the apprenticeship agenda, which supports our ethos around widening participation and delivering industry-relevant professional education.”
Monica Box, Principal of Lambeth College said: “Following the successful launch of the Lambeth Apprenticeship Programme last year, we are pleased to welcome LSBU into the scheme which extends the partnership and apprenticeship offer from traineeships and apprenticeships to Master degree level. This initiative provides the local community with better access to employment and training.”
From April-June this year the apprentice ambassadors will run a suite of events including an apprenticeships roadshow reaching out to Lambeth schools, Lambeth College and youth provision centres.