Norfolk colleges to lead the way on county council’s apprenticeship training

16:30 24 July 2012

Ann Steward

Ann Steward


Three Norfolk organisations have been awarded a share of £3.5m to help lead Norfolk County Council’s new apprenticeships project.

The College of West Anglia was yesterday announced as the main training provider for the Apprenticeships Norfolk scheme and will be supported by City College Norwich and Broadland Council Training Services.

The initiative aims to arm the county’s young people with the skills they need to find jobs and reduce the number deemed Neet – not in education, employment or training.

It will see up to 400 apprenticeship jobs create for 16 to 24-year-olds over the next two years.

David Pomfret, principle at the College of West Anglia, said Apprenticeships Norfolk had “huge potential to help both businesses and young people in the county”. He added: “As a college, with over 1000 current apprentices, we are fully committed to meeting the needs of employers and generating employment and training opportunities for young people through apprenticeships and this offers fantastic potential for further development.”

The county council is now calling on small and medium-sized businesses – those with less than 250 employees – who have not had an apprentice in the last three years, to sign up to the scheme.

The apprenticeships will be created in business sectors which have the potential for growth including engineering, energy, advanced manufacturing, and health and social care.

The council also wants micro businesses – those with less than 10 employees – from all sectors to get involved.

Wage subsidies will be provided by Norfolk County Council to help businesses that sign up to the scheme.

Ann Steward, the authority’s cabinet member for economic development, said: “Apprenticeships Norfolk is a fantastic opportunity for companies to get involved in this exciting project. The aim is to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to employers so they are aware of, and understand, the opportunities they can offer. We also want to generate greater awareness in schools and colleges to young people, parents and teachers.

“Apprenticeships mean young people can earn while they learn and also provide a great route into work. Additionally, from a business perspective, they add value and are an excellent way for a company to develop their workforce.”

Alison Thomas, cabinet member for children’s services, added: “We really want to raise the aspirations of young people in Norfolk and highlight that there are a range of routes into employment and they need to follow the path that suits them. We particularly hope to help vulnerable young people including those leaving care.

“We are calling on businesses from a number of sectors in the hope we can cater for young people with wide ranging interests. By introducing these newly created apprenticeships for 16 to 24-year-olds we hope to reduce the number of Norfolk’s young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).”


  • 3.5 million to finance apprenticeships for 'up to 400', that's no less than 300 by my estimation. Not a word of the quality or length of time of these apprenticeships, somehow to appear after small businesses come forward. How many are in the boat building industry, aircraft maintenance and or the Gt. Yarmouth enterprise zone? Apprenticeships usually take 3 years, so what is NCC offering young people and why is this delivery so late when this problem was apparent after the election in 2010?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

  • They hae convienently forgotten to mention one thing. As soon as an apprentice is taken on the the council form filling jobsworths come crawling out of the woodwork, with you must do this and you must do that and this is not right etc. Jobsworths who have never had a proper job in their lives. A bit like her in the picture. One minute knows everything about the energy sector and the next minute knows everything about taking on apprentices.

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    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • What chance is there for the young people of Lynn many will have to leave to find jobs if the waste incinerator goes up, then jobs will go down and the town will then be called Bins Lynn thanks to cabinet members at NCC. Why do they hide behind a mask and say it is safe when they know it is not. Derrick is leaving and thinks Nick Daubney, Henry Bellingham will go down with him if he plays his cards right. Only this time he has been caught red- handed. The email instigated by Derrick Murphy to Nick Conrad Radio Norfolk was an attack to Leader Nick Daubney King's Lynn and West Norfolk for not supporting the waste incinerator. Just like when he tried to stop the funding for houses in King's Lynn. Jobs are very scarce why do we continue to waste tax-payers money covering up Norfolk County Councils deceit. Derrick Murphy should resign.

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    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • a bit like you really "V", there doesn't seem to be a subject that you don't spare us from sharing your "knowledge" about.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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