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Four types of apprenticeship schemes your business should know about
Apprenticeships are valuable to organisations that are looking to find and develop top talent in their business. The opportunities that apprenticeships present to businesses are invaluable, not only do the people working in an apprenticeship make a great contribution to your business model, they are also learning and developing themselves professionally.
Here is some more information about the types of apprenticeship schemes that you should know about, to ensure you are providing the opportunity for individuals at all levels and stages of their careers to grow and develop in your business.
What are the benefits of having apprentices?
You may be reluctant to offer apprenticeships in your organisation, but this may be due to the fact that you are unaware of the true benefits of having apprentices working for you. Not only are apprenticeships more cost-effective than regular a hire, but they also allow you to build the skills of your employees, and you are more likely to retain employees who feel loyal to the organisation.
These types of apprenticeships are generally seen as the equivalent of five GCSE passes. Intermediate or Level 2 apprenticeships are for those aged 16, and allow the student to learn on the job rather than staying in a classroom. They are offered in a huge range of industries from construction and engineering to media and business. Find out more about the types of intermediate apprenticeships available here.
Advanced apprenticeships are Level 3 and are seen as the equivalent of two A level passes. These apprenticeships allow individuals to develop skills whilst on the job, and in a sector that they are interested in. A lot of students use this apprenticeship as a stepping stone to enter into further study or higher level apprenticeship schemes. Similarly to the intermediate level apprenticeships, these are available across a variety of sectors and industries. Find out more about the available advanced apprenticeships here.
Upon completing a higher level apprenticeship, the student will be awarded Level 4 qualifications or above. Such as an HND, NVQ, or a foundation degree. These apprenticeships are more involved due to their higher status and can take up to five years to complete, whilst studying at a higher education facility such as university or college. Find out more about higher level apprenticeships here.
This is a relatively new opportunity offered by some universities. Which allows students to earn a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their apprenticeship. The person undertaking the programme will work part-time at work and university as well. On average, they can take from three to six years to complete. Find out more about degree level apprenticeships here.
What do you need to start running a scheme within your business?
When looking to hire an apprentice to your business you need to take these steps in order to make sure you are equipped to do so, and that this is the right thing for your business. GOV.UK give advice on how to hire an apprentice.
- Decipher the reasoning behind why you require an apprentice to work for you. If you discover that you don’t need one when it is too late, it is harmful to your apprentice and your brand reputation.
- Choose which level of apprentice you are looking to recruit for, by looking at an apprenticeships framework or standard that fits with your industry.
- Look for an organisation that offers the appropriate training for the apprentice that you are going to hire.
- Check what government funding that you have access to.
- Advertise your apprenticeship vacancy with Page Talent, and connect directly with talented individuals looking for opportunities in your industry.
- Run a streamlined and effective interview process with potential candidates.
An apprenticeship scheme is a huge commitment from both you, as an employer, and the apprentice wanting to learn from your organisation. You can reap the rewards of hiring an apprentice and allow talented professionals the chance to better themselves and further their career at the same time.
If you are thinking of, or currently running apprenticeship schemes you can advertise with Page Talent for free by contacting us today.