Skills – Project detail

Skills – Project detail

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Objective 3: To drive the skills agenda through the advocacy and support for relevant and focused apprenticeship initiatives

Business from across Cambridge repeat the same message – the absolute need for a skilled workforce across the spectrum of qualifications. Cambridge Ahead is developing a focus on supporting the provision of apprenticeships in the region. We seek to facilitate and support the creation of an integrated skills pathway program and to understand the policy and framework around apprenticeships and determine where Cambridge Ahead can add value or lobby for improvement.

We will provide further updates as a result of the area review due early 2017.

Our approach to Apprenticeships

As part of this objective our key focus is to drive the skills agenda through advocacy and support for relevant and focused apprenticeship initiatives. Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industry sectors with employers from large national companies to smaller, local companies.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced, and Degree Levels covering more than 170 industries and 1,500 job roles.

Every business should look to undertake the following activities:

  1. Understand the current apprenticeship opportunities

Please consider the attending or finding out about the events concerning apprenticeships and training. Key events can be found on our events page.

  1. Tell us what you need

There is currently some uncertainty around the Apprenticeship Levy, the process and what is actually needed from employers and students alike. Cambridge Ahead are starting a project to better understand the needs of business and we need you to get involved. Please contact Anne Bailey to find out more.

  1. Be active

Apprenticeships are changing significantly in 2017. Cambridge Ahead will provide a signpost of where to go for the most up to date information and updates so here is some useful collateral for employers:

Get In Go Far logoGet In Go Far is the Skills Funding Agency’s campaign to get more businesses offering and more young people taking apprenticeships.


National Apprenticeship Week 2017 logo
This year’s National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March) is the 10th anniversary. There’s an online toolkit for existing apprentice employers to promote their programmes.


Skills Funding Agency logo
This video is a useful introduction to the new digital apprenticeship service. It is a 17 minute narrated presentation is aimed at levying paying employers. It explains what information they will need to create an account, how they can manage their digital funds and record details of their apprentices on the digital apprenticeship service.


Step up logo-colourWe also encourage Cambridge employers to post current apprenticeship vacancies as well as internships and work experience opportunities on our work experience portal Step Up so that schools can share these with students.

For more information visit GOV.UK and search ‘Apprenticeships’.

Cambridge Ahead is delivering this initiative in conjunction with the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP and Form the Future.

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