It’s National Apprenticeship Week and from today until 15 February, we’ll be celebrating apprenticeships and the amazing impact they make on business, communities and the apprentices themselves.
Apprenticeships are a great way to enter the world of work, take your career in a different direction and learn new skills. At Co-op, we’ve over 1,200 apprentices making a real impact across our businesses.
And we truly believe that our apprenticeship programmes have helped us to create a more diverse, inclusive culture at our Co-op. We’re committed to making our Co-op as inclusive as possible and we have really exciting news to share about how the apprenticeship team is supporting this.
Today I’m thrilled to let you know that we’re announcing our intention to contribute £500k to a pot of funding to support apprenticeships in under represented areas. We’ll target people from under represented groups and under privileged communities and help them to find ways to become an apprentice.
For some businesses, the costs involved mean that hiring apprentices isn’t an option. So we, alongside a number of other employers are going to use some of our unspent levy to help more businesses offer apprenticeships so that more people can become apprentices.
We’re focusing on these groups because we know that they’ve been most negatively affected because of the pandemic.
The programme will match businesses and individuals together and we’re expecting that we’ll fully launch the programme in Spring – we’ll share more about the opportunities then.
We’re constantly looking to offer more to our colleagues. With apprenticeship programmes ranging from Level 2 to degree level and beyond, there’s something for everyone – look out for opportunities in future!