CXK Secures Funding to Launch Project Designed to Support Adults to Access Apprenticeships

Thursday 23rd November 2017

CXK has this month secured funding for phase 2 of its ‘Enabling Apprenticeships’ project; a project designed to educate adults, primarily, about the apprenticeship options available to them, and to enable their access to those apprenticeship schemes. The project directly supports the Government’s commitment to creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

Taking place between now and March 2018, the project will involve focused activity to identify individuals, through the charity’s National Careers Service provision, who are interested in apprenticeships as a route to realising their career ambitions and skills goals. Apprenticeships will also be introduced to adults who may be struggling to achieve a positive job outcome. The scheme will help them to explore all of the routes available to them, linking them to apprenticeship vacancies in their local area.

Working with the South East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) CXK’s project will work closely with local employers to identify, and grow the number of, apprenticeship opportunities. The scheme will focus on delivering a range of initiatives to bridge the gap to apprenticeships for adults, including apprenticeship taster events, and sector specific workshops in which employers will educate individuals about the opportunities within their sector, and deliver team building and confidence building activities designed to build employability skills.

The project will also see CXK plan and deliver Apprenticeship Fairs for those in custody, or those recently released from custody; giving individuals the opportunity to meet employers with live apprenticeship activity, set to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.

Whilst adult opportunities are the primary focus, the project will also extend to working with young people. A series of interventions will be delivered in schools across Kent, Medway, East Sussex, Essex, Thurrock and Southend targeting year 11-13 students who have expressed an interest in the apprenticeship route, as well as those identified as being at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). The sessions will provide young people with the information to make informed choices about the opportunities available to use an apprenticeship as a stepping stone into employment and a career in their chosen industry.

A Kent pilot of Jump into Apprenticeships group sessions, specifically targeted at care leavers and looked after children, will further raise awareness amongst young people of routes into apprenticeships. Working in conjunction with Virtual Schools Kent, Troubled Families Team, and Care Leavers Progression Partnership (CLPP), the work will aim to reduce the number of care leavers who find themselves to be NEET.

CXK’s Assistant Director of Career Management, Debbie Lloyd, said; “The project aims to route a greater number of individuals into apprenticeships and sustainable employment.

“This project will build upon the successes of phase 1 of the programme, which was completed from January-March this year. During phase 1, 180 NEET young people were successfully educated about apprenticeships, including how to apply and how to prepare for interview; while over 100 NEET young people were registered on the government’s Find an Apprenticeship service. We successfully reached our target groups, which included home-educated individuals aged 18+who may have little knowledge of apprenticeships, those receiving Universal Credit, and adults within areas of high BAME, such as Gravesend, Thanet and Tendring.”

If you are an employer looking to get involved, you can contact CXK directly on 01233 224244, or via email: nationalcareers@cxk.org