Helping colleges hit three million apprenticeship target



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A new web-based software tool has been developed to help colleges analyse and plan for apprenticeship provision so they can meet government targets.

The Apprenticeship Analyser, created by leading educational research consultancy, RCU, will be available at the end of June this year.

The online tool will give precise data to colleges on current supply of apprenticeships, market share, gaps in the market and employer demand. It will also help identify skills shortages and sector priorities.

Richard Boniface, RCU’s managing director said: “With the Government setting a target of three million new apprenticeships between 2015 and 2020, colleges will need to access data that can help them design curriculums and ensure there is relevant provision for local employers.

“This tool gives them that data as we have unrivalled access to apprenticeship information. In addition it will help colleges determine market share, analysis of competitors and will identify opportunities for growth.

“At a time when budgets are tight and area reviews are providing additional challenges alongside the targets set by government for apprenticeships, this tool we’ve developed will help colleges plan effectively and deliver a curriculum that meets local and sector demand.”

Carl Miles, head of marketing at Preston’s College added: “We’re already using RCU Labour Market Intelligence Tool and have used pre-release version of the Apprenticeship Analyser that will sit within that – it will undoubtedly give us a powerful insight and make a big difference to our curriculum development.

“The tool will help us design an apprenticeship offer that will resonate with employers in our region giving us a distinct competitive edge.”

The Apprenticeship Analyser will be made available within the current LMI Tool which has been developed in partnership with the Association of Colleges.

Key features include:

  • Apprenticeship planner and analyser
  • Local employer career pathways
  • Identifies sector priorities, demand and skills shortages
  • Competitor analysis
  • Identifies opportunities to grow / develop curriculum

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