Basingstoke’s MP welcomes £3 million Apprenticeships & Skills Hub for north Hampshire and Surrey
The eagerly anticipated £3 million Apprenticeships & Skills Hub for north Hampshire and Surrey, funded by Hampshire County Council and the European Social Fund (ESF), was launched during National Apprenticeship Week (8-12 February) with a series of virtual events for employers, supported by the Apprenticeships Minister.
The Apprenticeship Hub offers free and impartial advice to organisations of any size regarding apprenticeship training as well as helping individuals find apprenticeship training and answer any questions regarding applications or finding apprenticeship opportunities in your local area.
Maria said “I welcome the Apprenticeships & Skills Hub, Hampshire is putting apprenticeships at the heart of post-pandemic economic recovery and will ensure that residents have the right skills that employers need to meet local needs.
“Hampshire County Council also doubled the allocation of Levy transfer funds to £2 million to support Hampshire businesses to commit to new apprenticeships, a move that has been particularly welcomed by the care sector.”
The new EM3 Apprenticeship & Skills Hub, partly funded by a grant from the European Social Fund, is a central pillar of the County Council’s Employment and Skills Action Plan, developed in response to the impact of Covid-19. Working with the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, the Hub will provide an impartial service to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), supporting businesses to create hundreds of new apprenticeship and training opportunities for young people age 16-24 who have been most affected by the pandemic and who are facing the biggest barriers to enter employment.