On Monday 3rd April, Cherwell District Council’s executive approved an update on construction Apprenticeships and skills, prepared by their Bicester Delivery Team, who have been working for the past two years to deliver a sustained programme of Apprenticeships to take advantage of growth planned for the district.
About 100 construction Apprenticeships are expected to be secured in Cherwell over the next year as a result of the Council's work with developers.
The Apprenticeships will be supported by Section 106 agreements, legal agreements which can secure infrastructure funding from developers through the planning process. The agreements will be attached to outline planning permissions for large developments expected at north-west Bicester and elsewhere in the district.
Establishment of The Apprenticeship & Training Company is key to this, since we will be employing Apprentices on behalf of developers, streamlining the process for employers and Apprentices alike.
Karen Curtin, Cherwell District Council’s commercial director, said: “By supporting the Apprenticeship Training Agency we will be able to maximise the opportunities created by our relationships with developers for people looking to make their way in the construction industry. This will in turn help us boost the construction industry by allowing companies to draw on a new, skilled workforce."
“The agency will streamline the process of managing the Apprenticeships, making it easier for developers to work with us. It will act as a comprehensive point of contact for candidates and training providers.”