Bath and North East Somerset Council's Skills Policy

Leading by example

Bath and North East Somerset Council is working to become a leading local employer in the provision of apprenticeships, paid and unpaid placements, work experience, internships and volunteering by identifying opportunities within individual Services and Directorates.

Its is working in close partnership with companies in the private sector and also educational establishments, to give people the support they need in order to make the most of the opportunities in the local jobs market.

Background to the Council's own policy

A recent Cabinet report proposed that a coordinated approach should be followed by all Council Services to ensure that any schemes apply the same broad principles, deliver the Government agenda and assist the Council to deliver an “excellent” programme of apprenticeships, work placements, work experience, internships and volunteering.

To read the Cabinet Report please click here

To read the full Policy document please click here.

How have the Council made the initiatives work for them and the local economy?

Three apprenticeship case studies are available to download to provide some insight into the employer's and individual's experiences of the placements and how they both have benefitted.

Jake Williams

Jessica Newby

Jonathan Carter

To speak to someone in our Skills Team who coordinated these apprenticeships, please contact us.

Some of the Council activities boosting the local jobs market for today and the future are:

  • Secured a range of targeted employment & training (TET) outcomes on the Crest Nicholson Bath Western Riverside development. To date 10 apprentices, 10 unemployed skilled trades and a total of 125 peole up-skilled have been achieved;
  • Supported the “Get Hired” event in May 2013 which brought together 25+ local employers to participate in an apprentice speed dating event offering 5 minute interviews for live vacancies;
  • The B&NES "Have a Go" event organised by the B&NES Learning Partnership delivered over 4500 taster apprenticeship sessions to over 1000 B&NES school students in February 2013;
  • Supported 47 business through business start-up workshops, one-to-one clinics, and UKTI and Intellectual Property workshops;
  • Supported 26 Apprenticeships in the Council with a completion rate of 94%.

Reflecting generally on the Council's efforts to improve job availablility for all across Bath and North East Somerset, our Councillors have made the following observations and comments:

Councillor Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said, “The Council is making excellent progress towards creating the right business conditions for jobs growth. For example, the delivery of the Bath Transport Package is providing the infrastructure for companies to get their employees, clients, and suppliers into the city quickly and conveniently. We are also investing heavily in high speed broadband."

“We are progressing the Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area in line with our plans for new workspace, which will provide the locations for thousands of new private sector jobs in the future.”

"The area has also seen a record number of new company registrations during the first half of the year in the area. There were 466 new companies formed during this period, beating any other half year on record, and representing a 14.4% rise when compared with last year’s figure."

Councillor David Bellotti (Lib-Dem, Lyncombe), Cabinet Member for Community Resources, added, “We know that business is strong in Bath because of the demand for our commercial estate from shops, bars, and restaurants. With 96% of premises under contract, this represents a void rate way below the national average."

“The Council's new procurement policy for the £190M it spends every year on goods and services is now focused on 'Think Local' and this is directing the council spend more and more to local companies ensuring more jobs for local residents.”