Apprenticeships are really important to our economy; a great option for young people and adults to develop skills across local industries.
The benefits of apprenticeships are many! For businesses, providing opportunities for, and nurturing talent can be extremely effective in developing and retaining a solid and committed workforce of the future. There may even be funding available to businesses to take on an apprentice.
For apprentices, you can ‘learn while you earn’, building vital skills that employers need, and progressing your career through different qualification levels.
Leicester Employment Hub
The Leicester Employment Hub is a partnership part funded by Leicester City Council and ESF to increase the numbers of local people accessing apprenticeships. The Leicester Employment Hub works to raise awareness of apprenticeships in local schools, who can access group work or individual advice for young people. It also organises local apprenticeship events, working with good local employers.
The Hub also offers support for employers who wish to know more about recruiting an apprentice. The Hub can advise about all aspects of this, such as training, and reducing the recruitment risk by using an Apprenticeship Training Agency. The Hub has a partner network consisting of several key local training providers, colleges, Leicester City Council and the LLEP.
The Leicester Employment Hub has a live website aimed at both job seekers and employers, and which has details of many local events across the LLEP area on events linked to careers, apprenticeship and job fairs, see more on: https://www.leicesteremploymenthub.co.uk/
In addition, there is a Government website giving information on all aspects of apprenticeships for potential apprentices on: https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide
There is also a guide to Higher Apprenticeships on: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-and-degree-apprenticeships
The East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network
This network is made up of large and small apprenticeship employers based across the East Midlands and is chaired by David Hughes of Uniper, at the Nottingham-Leicestershire border.
The East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network helps to support and promote Apprenticeships, both by working with schools* and also sharing best practice, encouraging and mentoring businesses that are keen to employ an apprentice or introduce Apprenticeships to their current workforce.
The Network meets quarterly to feedback on their ambassadorial duties, to agree key messages and to influence future development and works in collaboration with the National Apprenticeship Service. The Network can who can arrange for employers to come to school events and activities to talk about apprenticeships, and may be able to bring apprentices along too. It can be arranged for young apprenticeship ambassadors to visit schools and colleges too.
The contact to discuss booking an Ambassador is Charlotte Potter, please email Charlotte on: firstname.lastname@example.org
SME’s can also register with www.apprenticemakers.org.uk and access useful resources, webinars and blogs, post threads, ask questions or network and share with other SMEs around employing an apprentice.
Apprenticeship Reforms, 2017
Apprenticeships are changing, find out the latest reforms information for stakeholders, partners and employers on: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-changes.
Many partners are holding Apprenticeship Levy/Reforms events to update employers; keep an eye out for these on the LLEP Business Gateway events page: http://www.llepbizgateway.co.uk/events/
There is also a growing need for businesses to consider advanced and higher apprenticeships, to support with higher skills needs. Many employers are not aware of the benefits of higher level apprenticeships, which can be utilised to give a business the skills that it needs. Information for employers can be found on www.Greatbusiness.gov.uk/apprenticeships
Please click the download by the Skills Funding Agency below, to find out more about Higher Level Apprenticeships.