A Guide to Upskilling, Training or Retraining Your Staff With Apprenticeships

Most people think apprenticeships are only for new, young starters. However, that’s a common misconception! On this page we’ll review:

Upskill staff with apprenticeships
Upskill staff with apprenticeships

How Can My Business Utilise Apprenticeships for Staff Training?

Apprenticeships – you thought they were for young, new starters, fresh out of school, right?

In fact, apprenticeships are one of the most under-utilised government-led schemes for businesses – simply because businesses don’t yet understand the full range of benefits! An apprentice can be any age over 16, they can be a current member of your team, and you don’t need to make too many administrative changes to enrol them. On the contrary, the process is extremely simple.

When it comes to training employees, many mangers will look at work-based training courses or skills workshops, neglecting the fact that many of these don’t deliver actual transferrable or recognised qualifications.

An apprenticeship however, can give your staff member a level 2 – 7 (GCSE – Masters) qualification after completion of a fully accredited programme. Due to government incentives, it’s also an incredibly cost-effective way to conduct training. Read on to find out more.

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Apprenticeships to Diversify Staff Skills

The pandemic has taught us that we need to be able to rely on, and operate with, a core number of staff. If your staff have a wider range of skills, they’re able to fill in and take charge should anyone ever be absent or leave the company.

Diversifying you staff’s skills will also enable them to cover functions within the business that may not fully require a dedicated role. 

For example, it’s a great idea to give your receptionist or office manager a digital marketing qualification

An assistant may also benefit from a business administration qualification, or if you have a small ecommerce business, you could give a member of staff training in the principles of warehousing.

An apprenticeship doesn’t take much time out of a worker’s current schedule, and level 2 or 3 qualifications can be completed in just a year.

Not only that, NTG’s flexible training solutions mean we can combine site visits and online classrooms to deliver apprenticeships in a way that impacts your schedule minimally.

How Do I Put My Current Staff On an Apprenticeship?

First thing’s first, take a look through the apprenticeships that we offer and see which might suit your business’ needs best.

From there, we’ll do the rest. Get in touch with NTG and we’ll handle all the hard work. You simply need to say ‘go!’. 

The staff you put on an apprenticeship can:

  • Be any age
  • Have any prior qualifications
  • In most cases, have any job role
  • Work full or part-time
  • Be at any pay grade or level within the company, from trainee to director!

Funding an apprenticeship is more affordable than you think. If you’re not an Apprenticeships Levy payer, you’ll likely only need to contribute 5% of the overall training fees. The government will provide the rest. 

Our tutors are second to none and will work closely with you to ensure the apprenticeship is tailored to your business’ needs. Learners will focus on applying their studies to situations relevant to their job role.

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Why Choose an Apprenticeship for Staff Training?

Apprenticeships are recognised qualifications; they’re extremely thorough and must be approved by a relevant body to ensure they give learners a comprehensive knowledge of their chosen subject.

Apprenticeships offer a much more extensive form of training than courses offered by training companies. They are regulated, held to extremely high standards, and nationally recognised.

Apprenticeships are available from GCSE level to Masters, so they’re an excellent way to encourage continuous professional development and a culture of learning within your team. 

Not only that, but apprenticeships are highly cost effective. Employers can contribute as little as £150-£200 in some cases for a year-long programme.

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