Skills and Labour Force

The second of the four key objectives outlined on the BIS is to support businesses struggling with attracting and retaining skilled staff, particularly young people and graduates. We also aim to facilitate ways to address skills gap in key sectors.

If you want to find out more about how this will be achieved, read more here. If you have been affected by issues surrounding skills and labour force and need advice, please contact V4B.

Skills and Labour at V4B

Vale4Business is now also supported by our very own apprentice based in the economic development team of the Vale Council.  Kate Gee joined the team in September 2015 as an Administration Assistant. Kate explained why she decided to enroll in the apprenticeship scheme.

Kate Gee (2)She said: “I chose to do an apprenticeship because you gain experience and knowledge from the working environment and learn new skills that you wouldn’t necessarily gain from doing a qualification at college.

“I hope to gain both NVQ 2 and 3 in Business Administration, and life skills from working in an office environment.”

Vale of White Horse District Council updated their recruitment procedures so that when a department has a job vacancy, they will be asked if they have considered whether the vacant role could be suitable for an apprenticeship. The council has taken on five apprentices in various positions over the last few years.

Find out more: Apprenticeships and training. Your gateway to opportunity!

Apprenticeship websiteOxfordshire Apprenticeships

Oxfordshire County Council have a dedicated website – Oxfordshire Apprenticeships – for businesses, employers, parents and potential apprentices. The website also contains information to help businesses gain a better understanding of how apprenticeships work, the cost, and where to start.

The national apprenticeship website is also a valuable resource for businesses, which includes a vacancies database.

Abingdon and Witney College business support

Abingdon and Witney college have put together a Employer’s Guide to Apprenticeships, which can be downloaded here.

Their website also contains information for employers and a searchable database of apprenticeship vacancies they have to offer, click here to visit the Abingdon and Witney College website.

Work Experience

Work experience placements offer a long term solution to addressing the skills gap and engaging employers with young people. If you’re an employer thinking about offering work experience, read the OxLEP guide here.

To find out more about work experience opportunities at South and Vale District Councils, please email young people’s co-ordinator: karen.tolley@southandvale.gov.uk