- March 12, 2020
- Posted by: Charlotte Rodrigues
- Category: News
Paul Ferguson, Operations Director, talks about the world of apprenticeships at PeoplePlus.
Apprenticeships have been around for a long time, from starting my career as an apprentice, to then training and coaching of apprentices to my current role. However, I’m still amazed at the number of employers who believe that apprenticeships are just for school leavers. Some sector peers believe this figure could be as high as 80% of employers.
What is interesting is that for those employers who are engaged with apprenticeships, according to the Department for Education most apprenticeships are now made up of people over the age of 25yrs and apprenticeships under the age of 19yrs are declining. Indeed, most apprentices are now made up of existing employees and the apprenticeships have become crucial to any business’ success.
Apprenticeships have changed a lot over the years, especially with the introduction of the levy for organisations with a wage bill of £3m+ as well as the introduction of standards and end point assessments, the new Education Inspection Framework has more focus on the intent of the curriculum and how the employers are involved, as well how teaching and learning is implemented. Ofsted are now keener to see how all of this has real impact on the apprentices skills, technical knowledge, personal development & behaviours in the workplace. Many employers are still not taking advantage of their levy and the benefits that apprenticeships will bring to their business.
If I had to sum up what an apprenticeship brings to a business it would be that the apprenticeship can help grow a business and develop their employees or if they are recruiting new apprentices into the organisation the apprentice can bring fresh ideas (especially around digital literacy and learning), ways of working through help and support of the Coach from their training provider.
At PeoplePlus we have transformed how we deliver our apprenticeships through an end to end digital learning platform that truly allows the apprentice and employer to be fully engaged with our Learning Development Practitioners to see clearly how apprentices are improving their skills, knowledge, contribution to the business and how they are developing themselves. We help the apprentice and employer set clear short, medium- and long-term goals and measure the impact along the way.
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