Influential business partnership Coastal West Sussex (CWS) today hit out at a government decision which could see a drastic drop in the number of small firm apprenticeships on offer in the region.
Government has awarded no funding for the Universities of Chichester and Brighton to run apprenticeship schemes on behalf of small and medium sized businesses despite growing demand in the area. The Further Education Colleges received only about 50% of their requirements.
The South East as a whole has fared badly in the funding announcement despite the universities and colleges working hard with local businesses to grow demand and offer apprenticeships particularly in the digital, construction and engineering industries.
Now Geoff Edwards, chairman of CWS – of which Adur & Worthing Councils is a member – has written to the government’s Apprenticeships Minister Anne Milton calling for an urgent rethink.
In the letter, which has also been sent to all MPs covering the Coastal West Sussex region Mr Edwards, Executive Vice President of UK Operations at the high-end audio company Bowers and Wilkins says he is “very disappointed” by the outcome.
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