What are apprenticeship standards?
The government is changing the way apprenticeships will work. Apprenticeship standards are replacing the old apprenticeship frameworks – these are a document covering the statutory requirements for an apprenticeship programme.
The new standards are being developed by ‘trailblazers’ which are employer-led groups. The aim is make sure qualifications are rigorous and suit the needs of employers
How can I make the new standards work for my business?
1. Our apprenticeship team at Bath College is on-hand to offer expert advice.
We work with businesses to help them develop apprenticeship programmes in line with their training needs and aid the growth of their company in the future.
2. Think about the areas of your business where you need extra help
Is there an area of your business which is growing? Consider hiring an apprentice if you’re a growing business and you’re thinking about increasing the size of your team. Are you looking for someone with a particular skillset? If you’re looking for an accountant, admin officer, or IT assistant, pick someone who can train on the job.
Want to find an apprentice? Fill out our inquiry form here.
3. Embrace an alternative route into industry
You may have seen the news about plans to recruit apprentices within the police force for the first time. New apprenticeship standards are being developed to offer alternative career routes. Take a look and see if new options are available to you as an employer.
4. You have purchasing power – make sure you use this.
As part of the new system, businesses can choose where to spend funding for an apprentice. Use your purchasing power to make sure your apprentices are getting high-quality and relevant training with the right training provider. At Bath College, we will work with you to make sure that you maximise the return on your investment.
5. Could roles within your organisation be included on a higher apprenticeships programme?
The traditional view of apprenticeships revolves around employing young people from school at 16 into lower level positions within industries (such as construction, hair and beauty or healthcare).
Whilst this is still the case for a number of apprenticeships, it is not the whole story. Higher level apprenticeships begin at the equivalent of a NVQ Level 4. Apprenticeship programmes can go up to NVQ Level 6, the equivalent of an undergraduate honours degree.
This means that the next generation of engineers, computer developers and chartered accountants can be trained under apprenticeship programmes. If you are considering expanding your apprenticeship programme, consider these two things: the areas of your business that could benefit from inclusion and the level of staff training that could be included.
6. Look at the apprenticeship standards which already exist for the roles within your organisation.
The standards show what an apprentice will be doing and the skills required of them. Standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’. Each standard will include details like the duration of the apprenticeship, core knowledge and entry requirements.
7. Consider whether your current training programmes are suitable for future apprenticeships.
If you currently run training programmes for your staff, you need to be thinking whether these are suitable for conversion to apprenticeship programmes. Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, and can be used to develop employees who are in new job roles (including higher level roles).
If you want advice on the potential options which will be best suited to your business, contact our experts in the Bath Training & Apprenticeship Hub.
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