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Midland & East Coast Region have been successful in applying for funding through the Union Learning Fund for an exciting project – the ‘Young Workers’ Engagement Project’ –  focussing on the need to ensure GMB involvement in developing workplace apprenticeship schemes.


GMB intend to establish a clear link between learning and training, leading to sustainable employment for young people entering the world of work, with particular emphasis on those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The project will further progress this by developing an Apprentice Voice network in the region, to run alongside the existing Regional Young Members’ Forum.


The availability of and high level of competition for jobs in general means that in some areas, it will limit the ability of young disadvantaged people to compete for apprenticeship places. This is compounded by the apprenticeship minimum wage figure that means that for many young apprentices living at home – or in subsidised accommodation – travel costs are prohibitive for other opportunities further afield. This project has therefore adopted an industrial message; that all schemes within GMB recognised organisations need to be of high quality, subject to good rates of pay, include a high level of health and safety and lead to future employment.  


Our project workers have been trained to develop skills in reaching out and supporting young people – particularly those with numeracy, literacy and language needs.


Areas that the project team will focus on are:


  • Establishing new quality pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship schemes by working with key employers
  • Encouraging employers to expand on and improve their existing schemes
  • Developing working partnerships with preferred training providers


Using the young workers agenda, the project will also look to reinvigorate training, continuous professional development and progression opportunities for existing workers who would otherwise not be given the opportunity to access them. We will focus our efforts on encouraging employers to expand their existing schemes and develop progression routes to higher learning opportunities.

To learn more about the Young Workers’ Engagement Project and to meet the Team, click here