Lambeth Council is set to increase the number of apprentices it takes on by 25% as part of the borough’s More Jobs campaign.
Apprenticeship places across the council and its supply chain include eight young people working with Lambeth Living, others in various town hall departments and with Capita. A further twelve new council apprenticeships offering training in health and social care are due to begin shortly in partnership with Lambeth College.
Deputy Leader Cllr. Jackie Meldrum said; “I’d like us to get to a position where every entry level job is an apprenticeship but this is a good start. We want to encourage more employers to take on apprentices so it’s important that we lead by example.”
Latest figures from the National Apprenticeship Service show there are almost 2600 apprentices in Lambeth and of those, more than half are over 25. The planned regeneration of Vauxhall Nine Elms and Waterloo will create a jobs bonanza over the next decade and Cllr. Meldrum said; “ There are huge opportunities on the horizon and we want to make sure that local people are well placed to make the most of them.”
Lambeth Council is also looking at the experience of other London boroughs including Lewisham, Newham and Waltham Forest where the number of apprenticeships has been significantly increased through offering financial incentives to employers from a central fund.
The Cabinet will discuss the plans next week.