Agenda Item No. 5
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CORPORATE PERFORMANCE AND RESOURCES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE: 1 SEPTEMBER 2016
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 11 JULY 2016
C3238 YOUTH EMPLOYMENT IN THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE PERFORMANCE AND RESOURCES) –
Cabinet was updated on the Council's approach to the increased employment of young people in line with the Council's Workforce Planning objectives.
The need to increase the employment of 16-24 year old employees proportionate to the wider workforce was set out in the Council's Workforce Plan as approved by Cabinet on 23 May, 2016.
The percentage of 16-24 year old employees within the Council's workforce fell from 13.4% in 2013 to 12.6% in 2015. This compared to 17.1% when looking at the age profile within the local Vale of Glamorgan area.
The above aspiration was clearly a medium to long term aim but the report stated it was important to ensure the sustainability of the Council’s services and the promotion of work within the Council (and the wider public service) as an attractive career option.
The Council was still continuing the good work that had been achieved with the
existing employment of administratively based Foundation Modern Apprentices (FMA) and Craft Apprentices within the Council's Building and Housing Teams.
The FMA scheme was delivered in partnership with Acorn Recruitment and over the last two years the Council had taken on 27 FMAs of which 33% were still completing their apprenticeship and a further 48% had gone on to attain ongoing employment or returned to education during, or on completion of, their apprenticeship.
The Craft Apprentices were employed primarily within Building Services, in roles such as plumbers and electricians. They attained their qualification through a successful partnership between the Council and the Cardiff and Vale College.
In addition to the above the Council continued to employ trainees in a number of service areas and accommodate work experience requests where possible.
Whilst the above arrangements were positive, they did not always reflect the diverse nature of the Council in terms of its services and occupational groups and may not on their own help the Council achieve its workforce planning objectives.
In view of the above, it was suggested that a more co-ordinated approach was needed and specifically to "improve the employment of school, college and university leavers" as well as "launch a Council wide professional apprenticeship scheme".
In light of the above, it was proposed that the Council broaden the provision of youth employment further developing the apprenticeship programme and building stronger relationships with schools, local colleges and Career agencies to promote the available opportunities within the local employment market.
The approach also complemented actions set out within the draft Corporate Strategy for Children who needed Care and Support in prioritising looked after children in accessing opportunities for employment or skills.
The report outlined the following areas of work to deliver these outcomes;
Foundation Modern Apprentice Scheme
Widen the Provision of Apprenticeships
Work Experience Placements
This was a matter for Executive decision
Cabinet, having considered the report and all the issues and implications contained therein
(1) T H A T updated information on the Council's approach to the increased employment of young people in line with the Council's Workforce Planning objectives as set out in the report be noted and endorsed.
(2) T H A T the report be referred for consideration by the Scrutiny Committee Corporate Performance and Resources.
(3) T H A T subject to resolution 2 above delegated authority be granted to the Head of Human Resources in consultation with the Leader of the Council and Managing Director to continue exploratory discussions with Cardiff and Vale College and finalise an apprenticeship partnership agreement.
Reasons for decisions
(1-3) To continue to make progress in relation to meeting the objectives set out in the Council's Workforce Plan.
Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 11 JULY 2016