Council bids to develop apprenticeship agency

COUNCILLORS in Bradford are about to discuss plans to set up an apprenticeship training agency in a new partnership with Bradford College.

The council wants to create a new organisation to act as a recruitment agency to seek out organisations to employ apprentices.

They are exploring the possibility of establishing a jointly owned company with Bradford College, according to a report going to the council’s executive on Tuesday, October 9.

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The council has already allocated £4.5m to set up an Intermediate Labour Market Programme in an attempt to tackle long-term unemployment. The programme would be designed particularly to help the 18- to 25-year-olds, those over 50 and people with a disability or work limiting health condition.

Participants will be employed for a year to carry out work that benefits the community and gain experience that will provide a “bridge into work”.

The aim is to form a partnership with social landlord Incommunities to run the programme.

Councillor David Green, leader of the council, said he was confident that both schemes would offer genuine employment opportunities, particularly for people who have struggled to get jobs.

“Moving people from long-term unemployment to sustained work is one of our main challenges but we feel that these initiatives under the Get Bradford Working programme have a real chance of meeting those challenges.”