Welcome to the first of my blogs. The world of apprenticeships is undergoing huge change, not only to the way that they are funded, but also to the apprenticeship product itself. Over the next few months, I will be discussing some of the key issues that are turning the world of apprenticeships on their head!
So, let’s make a start with some facts about apprenticeships, and why I believe that they are a great way to grow and develop business talent at all levels.
Firstly, the key things that you need to know about apprenticeships (in less than half a page!!) are:
In all businesses, what sets them apart from their competitors, is their people, and Apprenticeships are a very effective way of developing staff of all ages. Why am I convinced that apprenticeships are good for business?
Now, as with everything in life, having Apprentices in the business does require some effort on the part of managers. So what are the other things that a business needs to think about?
As I have said, like anything else in life, nothing is free, and with an Apprenticeship programme you get out what you put in.
One of the key benefits for me, is that Apprentices are a great way of having someone in the business who does things the way that you do them!
All of the training required, and the monitoring of the progress that is being made by the Apprentice is undertaken by an approved government training provider.
This brief blog is intended to highlight some of the basics associated with employing an apprentice. If you would like to know more or speak to both employers who already have apprentices, and training providers who deliver the training, then there are a series of events taking place around the country that will give you that opportunity.
Visit the National Apprenticeship Show website, for details of how you can find out more, or even take part yourself in the events.