Apprenticeships have become the training programme of choice for many employers across a wide range of different industries. Learning Unlimited offers over 70 different frameworks, from business administration, retail and engineering to social media, management and IT. The variety of apprenticeships that are now available enables employers to train staff from across all departments, from an intermediate level through to university-level qualifications.
An apprentice will learn while they work. This could take the form of a day release to a college or other centre of learning, or they could be based on your premises for five days a week, completing their studies at work; how the apprenticeship is designed is based on the needs of you and your apprentice.
You don’t need to employ a new member staff in order to benefit from apprenticeships. Most employers choose to recruit new people as apprentices, but you can place an existing member of staff on an apprenticeship if they have taken on additional responsibilities or moved to a new role in the last three years. This can be an effective way of training members of staff who have been identified as having great potential.
Employers tell us that integrating apprenticeships into their organisation brings a range of additional benefits to the business:
- A loyal workforce that appreciates the investment in their development
- Reduced training costs
- Skills gaps addressed
- Improved productivity
- Reduced recruitment costs
- A significant return on investment
Learning Unlimited can advise on the funding currently available to employers looking to take on apprentices. Our team have experience and expertise in ensuring that your investment in the apprenticeship programme is as cost effective as it can possibly be. We can also advise on the latest apprenticeship reforms that will affect funding over the next few years.
Apprentices complete qualifications relevant to their role and the industry, and receive regular visits from the Learning Unlimited team to make sure that they are developing at the right pace and performing at a level that is meeting your expectations.
I have seen how apprenticeships help to develop young people into very successful adults. It isn’t just about the engineering skills they gain; it’s the life skills and opportunity to develop confidence by being in a working environment that seems to be the winning formula.
Ralph Beardmore, Slack & Parr ltd