Since its launch in October 2021, The Apprenticeship Hub, managed by Calderdale College in partnership with North Yorkshire Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, has invested over £1.4m in apprenticeship support for businesses operating in the York, North Yorkshire, and East Riding regions. The project was implemented to meet the business and workforce priorities of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. The aim of the project was to offer small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the regions free and impartial advice and guidance on apprenticeship uptake.
Over 240 SMEs have been supported by The Apprenticeship Hub’s service which includes guiding them through the selection of an apprenticeship standard, finding a provider, and accessing grants and funding. In addition, the project helped to bring over 900 potential future apprentices together with recruiting employers for an opportunity to connect at the two successful Apprenticeship Fairs it delivered during National Apprenticeship Week in 2022 and 2023. The Project Manager, Vicky Wright, remarked on the impact the service has had, with positive feedback received from the Apprenticeship Fairs and the successful recruitment of apprentices.
ISF Ltd, a business based in York, received support from the hub to start its apprenticeship journey from scratch to tackle the shortage of talent in their industry. Laura Palmer-Hukins, Quality Manager at ISF Ltd, spoke about how The Apprenticeship Hub had supported them through the process.
Furthermore, The Apprenticeship Hub produced a series of podcasts providing valuable hints, tips, and busting apprenticeship myths while interviewing apprenticeship providers such as York St John University and Humber Energy Skills Training Academy, and apprentices within the region’s top apprenticeship employers such as Portakabin and Nestlé.
Overall, The Apprenticeship Hub has been transformational in supporting businesses to develop their workforce in the regions.