The Slough Academy Manager provided the Committee with an overview of the Apprenticeship Policy. The policy detailed how to develop and offer business driven apprenticeship opportunities within the council and recruit new talent into the organisation where appropriate. The policy had been reviewed by the Employment Engagement Forum, Corporate Consultative Forum and the People Service Senior Management Team.
A range of questions were asked including why the percentage of apprenticeships provided to individuals with learning disabilities was lower than the national average. It was explained that this was dependent on individuals sharing information of this nature with the Council. However, inclusivity remained a priority and measures taken to improve this included ensuring it was prominently highlighted in relevant adverts. Referring specifically to encouraging looked after children to participate in the apprenticeship scheme, the Committee were informed that discussions were ongoing with the Children’s Trust; details of which would be reported to the next meeting.
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The Chair commended officers in developing a policy where 75% of individuals were likely to stay with the Council and 100% developed transferrable skills.
Resolved – That that Apprenticeship policy as set out in the appendix to the report, be approved and published.