August 28, 2012 12:20 am Published by

Training organisations are being invited to bid to run projects around the country designed to increase the quality and success rate of applications for Apprenticeship Vacancies (AV) made by young people between the ages of 16 and 20.

The Apprenticeship Application Support Fund is being managed by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) from whom £450,000 of funding has been made available.

The project seeks to ensure every young person applying for an apprenticeship, particularly those using the AV system, has the support to present their applications in the best possible light.

Of most interest will be projects that impact directly on learners and employers utilising the AV system, although the fund managers will also consider projects that incidentally affect wider apprenticeship applications. Projects in priority occupational areas to engage hard to reach and disengaged groups of learners and new employer links will also be of particular interest.

The lead bidder for any submission must be entered in their own right on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Training Organisations as of 3 September, 2012.

The deadline for receipt of bids is 1 October, 2012. Successful bids will be announced at the end of November 2012.


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