Apprenticeships Past, Present & the Future
We have always recognised the importance of skilled people in the workplace and training in craft skills has been practiced for centuries.
The Code of Hammurabi which dates from the 18th century BC required artisans to teach their craft skills to the next generation.
Apprentices are an essential part of companies of all sizes. They gain knowledge, skills and experience within the workplace from existing skilled people whilst undertaking formal training with an approved training provider, but that's the formal bit.
Apprentices add excitement, ambition and an alternative perspective to their role, driving innovation within the workplace.
Not only do they absorb the skills and knowledge of existing colleagues, they also add their own generational variance driving technological advancement within the workplace honing, refining and reinventing skills and process.
There isn't a better time to upskill your existing staff or change your recruitment strategy to include apprentices. Apprenticeships are available for people of all ages and pretty much all occupational disciplines, giving everyone the opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge.
Not everyone thrives in a formal learning environment and having access to accredited work based learning opportunities is a fantastic way to gain recognised qualifications, acknowledged disciplines and in many cases accreditation to various memberships within industry.
The government want apprenticeships to thrive, they want the apprenticeship system to be easy for employers to access without bureaucracy and red tae, which employer large or small needs added stress in today's society?
'Whether you're an employer expanding your workforce or someone looking to develop new skills and abilities an apprenticeship programme will meet your needs. This can only be an added bonus for any thriving business.'
As a training provider, January 2020 and beyond is a turning point in apprenticeship funding. Not only do small employers get access to 95% of government funding for training apprentices, they can now be in control of that funding through the Apprenticeship Service Digital Account, and as a complete technophobe. I have managed to set it up and work my way through it. It looks amazing!
The system allows you to reserve funds, choose when your apprentice starts, choose a training provider, allows your chosen Training Provider to advertise any vacancies through Find An Apprenticeship (the Governments own apprenticeship recruitment website) and manage your apprentices journey. Initially, this was a trial for three months to manage apprenticeship budgets, however it has just been announced this system will be in place by Autumn.
When the Education & Skills Funding Agency introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in 2017, they explained this was the future...... who knew the future would be this good for both Employers and Apprentices? There is never a better time to be an apprentice or recruit an apprentice.
Whether you're an employer expanding your workforce or someone looking to develop new skills and abilities an apprenticeship programme will meet your needs. This can only be an added bonus for any thriving business. The question s not why would you, the question is why wouldn't you?