An apprenticeship is a work based training programme which enables youngsters to learn on the job whilst also gaining a nationally recognised qualification in the process. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 who are in the process of, or have already left full-time education, and there are over 250 different types of apprenticeships available offering around 1,500 positions in a range of sectors.
Apprenticeships make a valuable contribution to businesses, working alongside experienced staff to gain a rich range of knowledge they wouldn’t otherwise obtain. Job-specific skills to the business will be gained in the process, as well as qualifications, allowing companies to grow with new talent and fresh ideas.
What will you gain?
A wealth of practical experience can be gained through an apprenticeship scheme, one of the most vital points prospective employers will look for when hiring. Key skills and knowledge of the chosen sector will be attained in the process, and many apprenticeships go on to work in a permanent position at the same company once the apprenticeship has been completed. Formal qualifications are obtained in the process, with NVQs at Levels 2, 3 4 and 5, along with Functional Skills qualifications in subjects such as Maths, English or ICT. Apprenticeships can also lead to technical certificates such as BTEC or City & Guilds Progression Award, or more knowledge based qualifications like Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas or Foundation Degrees.
Benefits to Businesses
For businesses, this is an opportunity to mould youngsters who will attain a range of skills specific to the companies needs and requirements. Apprenticeships provide a talented and diverse workforce with skills designed and suited to each business, and are proven to enhance business reputations among clients and within the local community, fostering good relationships and partnerships. Hiring an apprentice is a cost-effective recruitment option for many companies, creating a pool of skilled employees trained and tailored to each company’s requirements.
To find out more, have a look at the links below which will direct you to various websites explaining more about the process of apprenticeships, how to get involved, and why apprenticeships are so valuable.
Warrington & Vale Royal College Apprenticeships
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