Workforce Skills launches for National Apprenticeship Week 2016

Grimsby Institute is delighted to announce the launch of Workforce Skills during National Apprenticeship Week 2016, further strengthening its commitment to the region’s local business community.

The team, which is led by Executive Director Lucy Ottewell, specialises in delivering responsive and supportive training solutions to employers in the area. Lucy said: “It is exciting times for Apprenticeships and work based solutions, we have the opportunity to not only ensure skills gaps in the future are reduced but offer businesses the tools to increase productivity and support growth.

“My passion is my community, economic vitality through encouraging the uptake of work place training, Apprenticeships and the opportunity to support unemployed adults back into sustainable employment.”

The dedicated business and learner engagement team are ready to work with employers to bridge any skills gaps and ensure the next generation of trainees or apprentices are fully supported. Employers will have access to a team of industry specialists who will conduct a free, no obligation training and business needs analysis demonstrating the return in investment.

Apprenticeships will be a key driver and Workforce Skills will provide responsive, supportive solutions to ensure workforces have the skills required for a brighter future. Workforce Skills specialises in a number of vocational sectors, from Engineering and Building Services to Health & Social Care, Business and Professional and Retail Enterprises. The team will work closely with clients to bridge the gaps in their workplace, offering bespoke training designed to deliver the right courses for the right industry.

During the launch Chef Patron of Oaklands Hotel, Steve Bennett, spoke about the difference Apprentices make in his industry and the importance of addressing skills gaps across all sectors. Steve said:

“Businesses building strong relationships with schools and colleges means that pupils will have a direct route to their chosen industry and help them to understand what work is really like.

“I currently have a 17-year old student of the Grimsby Institute working for me, Dan Parkes, who was shortlisted for the national finals of a Chef competition in London recently, he came 6th. This is a great achievement for him and a great way for him to gain skills around other professionals. What helped Dan was the fact that he’d worked in a professional kitchen at a young age. This meant he was equipped to take the competition on and do well from it.

“I feel businesses need to have better links with colleges. Young people will hit barriers meaning communication between college and workplace can help individual personalities. We need to start training the next generation as soon as possible before skills die out.”

The Workforce Skills team also offers an employer responsive service which includes pre-employability Sector Based Work Academies. These Academies are aimed at increasing the skills set and understanding of your sector in adults seeking a change in career or for those who are currently unemployed. These programmes are ideal if you are recruiting for non-Apprenticeship vacancies as they are designed in partnership with employers.

For more information about Workforce Skills visit workforceskills.co.uk, email workforceskills@grimsby.ac.uk or call 0800 012 6656.