University and County Council team up to build local careers

This story was published 10 November 2017

North Yorkshire County Council and CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, have linked up to give local people greater opportunities to study and build their careers in the county.

group of apprentices

Picture shows: Richard Flinton, Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council (left), with Professor Craig Gaskell, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CU Scarborough, and Justine Brooksbank, the County Council’s Assistant Chief Executive (Business Support), at a welcome event for the council’s intake of 40 new apprentices and graduates, including those taking degree apprenticeships at CU Scarborough.


The two organisations are collaborating to deliver degree-level apprenticeships at the new Scarborough campus that enables people to study to degree level, while working and earning.

The first group of 16 degree level apprentices taken on by the County Council have just begun their courses at CU Scarborough, as part of a wider intake of 40 new apprentices and graduates by the council.

The County Council is recruiting a growing number of apprentices, to meet its future workforce requirements, including undergraduate apprentices, and is using the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy to fund the degree course programme at CU Scarborough, initially focusing on management and digital skills. The County Council’s apprenticeship scheme is open to people of any age.

The collaboration creates a stable base to improve the local economy, enabling other local businesses to join the degree programmes and enhance the career prospects of their young people. The CU Scarborough courses are open to anyone, not only County Council apprentices.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, Deputy Leader of the Council with responsibility for workforce issues, said: “It is our aspiration that people across the county should have equal access to economic opportunity. This collaboration is an important step towards realising our ambition to increase skills levels and ensure that there is a clear path for young people from education to employment to give North Yorkshire a workforce that meets the needs of its businesses.  The County Council is proud to be playing a central part in that by developing its own workforce with CU Scarborough.

“It allows apprentices to work for the council and study at the same time. At the end of their course they will have a job and will leave university without debt.”

Professor Craig Gaskell, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CU Scarborough, said: “Our learning model is designed specifically to work with contemporary lifestyles and offer higher education qualifications in career focused subjects.

“Degree apprenticeships are an important part of what we do, enabling students to study for a degree one day a week while still working full-time. Furthermore, the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy provides a fantastic opportunity for Yorkshire businesses to capitalise on the opportunity. 

“We’re delighted to be working in close partnership with North Yorkshire County Council to help develop our own talent within the county.”

The County Council recognises the challenges faced by its coastal communities, which experience some of the highest levels of deprivation and disadvantage in the county and which are more likely to be affected by highly skilled young people moving away to look for work elsewhere in the country.

This collaboration supports the council’s wider aspirations as set out the Scarborough Pledge, an initiative to bring about a community-wide shift in attitude about expectations for the area’s young people, and the North Yorkshire Coast Opportunity Area, one of 12 Opportunity Areas set up in a £72m Government programme to target areas of the UK that face the greatest challenges in relation to social mobility.