The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme has been set up to address some of the difficulties faced by employers who want to support training but are not in a position to offer a full-term apprenticeship.
CITB-ConstructionSkills is rolling out the programme following pilot schemes in Lancashire, Merseyside and Wales. Ten new schemes will be developed, which are expected to support the recruitment of up to 500 additional apprentices each year.
Head of employer services Steve Hearty said: “The Shared Apprenticeship Scheme is a fantastic programme which will help to tackle head on some of the major challenges that the industry faces in ensuring we develop the right skills, in the right places, at the right time.
“All apprentices on the scheme will be offered the opportunity to achieve a level 3 qualification in the apprenticeship they undertake. For both employers and apprentices it provides a simple and effective solution that does not substitute traditional recruitment but instead drives additional skills development to meet the needs of employers and industry.
“More widely however, shared apprenticeships will put industry in a far better position to develop and grow the skills base that’s needed at a local level and in line with our forecast projections for future demand. This with strengthen the industry’s ability to meet future demand and take advantage of opportunities when the upturn comes.”
The scheme has six delivery partners to date and hopes to attract wider interest as the programme develops.