Shropshire Council

About Upskill Shropshire

Why did we develop Upskill Shropshire?

The implementation of the government’s Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 gave an unprecedented opportunity to large employers like Shropshire Council to develop their workforce by attracting new talent, and by training and developing existing staff.

As a large employer we were keen to ensure that high quality apprenticeships were delivered to the workforce, whilst also demonstrating exceptional value for money. From this, Upskill Shropshire was born! By selecting a mixture of local, regional and national providers, we've ensured that our framework provides the flexibility required, without compromising the quality of apprenticeships on offer. Recognising that other employers would need to go through the same exercise, a key deliverable for the Upskill project was the ability to extend the framework to other organisations.

How did we develop Upskill Shropshire?

Our procurement process began in September 2016. Bringing together specialities from across the council, a project team was created to manage the tender creation and evaluation process. Potential providers were then put through a rigorous selection process. This took into account a number of key metrics such as Ofsted reports, financial data, previous attainment levels of apprenticeships, and the breadth and quality of delivery. By the end of the evaluation process 15 providers were selected to form our Upskill Shropshire framework.

Upskill Shropshire allocated the available apprenticeships to 24 categories. With a maximum of five providers selected per category, this ensured that only the top scoring providers were approved in each lot. We conduct a ‘mini-competition’ process for each individual apprenticeship requirement, allowing us to select the best provider on the basis of value for money and quality.

Our continued investment

We're continually investing in Upskill Shropshire, and are dedicated to ensuring that we can deliver access to high quality apprenticeships for employers and their employees. We do this by proactively monitoring the performance of our providers against key criteria, and looking to further develop the framework where possible.