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Mayor's Apprenticeship Commitment

Tower Hamlets WorkPath service supports residents of the borough into sustainable employment through a range of interventions, offers sector specific training opportunities to train and upskills residents in preparation for employment.

An important strand of this work is to support residents into apprenticeships. Changes to apprenticeship funding with the introduction of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy now means that funding for apprenticeships is available for people from 16 to 65 years of age. Further relaxation to eligibility criteria means that people who hold a degree (or equivalent) qualification can now work towards an apprenticeship, providing the course content is different to any previous learning.

The government has pledged that there will be 3 million new apprenticeships started by 2020; London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Mayor Biggs has pledged that 1000 of these new apprenticeships will be created within Tower Hamlets in that same time frame.

Tower Hamlets has seen some of the fastest population growth in the country. It remains a relatively young borough with almost half the recent population rise concentrated in the 25-39 age range. The Council is committed to supporting young people to realise their potential and there is a focus on reducing the number of young people who are not in education employment or training (NEET). This project aims to deliver an aspiration of 1000 new apprenticeships through The Mayor’s Apprenticeships Programme and other currently funded activities. 

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets will be working with Skills Team Ltd, who will be leading on this program. Skills Team Ltd is a specialist training company with a passion for supporting businesses to reach their potential through inward investment of people. As an approved apprenticeship provider they are also experienced in working with businesses of all sizes to set up apprenticeships and offer support and expertise. Skills Team will:

  • Build on our relationships with local employers to secure vacancies and placement opportunities on site for trainees and qualified residents.
  • Offer information, advice and guidance for employers to utilise the apprenticeship levy and access candidates to fill vacancies.
  • Support employers to identify appropriate apprenticeship providers, standards and learning pathways for their apprentice recruits.
  • Engage eligible candidates and promote the new apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Promote apprenticeships as a career opportunity to residents, especially young people and NEET candidates..

If you are an East London based employer and would like further information or assistance to set up an apprenticeship opportunity in your business, please call Skills Team on 020 3174 1100 or email info@skillsteam.com


Please see below for more information on Workpath and Skills Team:

Workpath Case Studies

Workpath Memorandum of Understanding

TH Pledge Card

Skills Team Case Study

Skills Team Q&A


Useful Links:

Skills Team


Apply for an apprenticeship

Skills Funding Agency