Who are apprenticeships right for?

There’s an outdated – and very inaccurate – view of apprenticeships, which marks them out as a lesser choice, and purely for those who want to get into blue collar professions.

But since 2016 a significant number of businesses across the UK have been paying into the apprenticeship levy – building a significant funding pool intended to cover the costs of apprenticeships for the development of their workforce. This funding can cover any apprenticeship – and that includes training your leaders of tomorrow.

Modern apprenticeships are a world away from the low paid training of years gone by; they are the best way to train for your future whilst earning for your present, building your skills and experience whilst you also build your relationship with the team, you’re embedded in.

Every successful leader knows that it’s far more successful to train your future leaders from within, building on the skills and traits that you need for your senior roles, than it is to recruit them from external sources where they might not understand or embody the values that are important to your organisation.

That is what makes management apprenticeships the ideal solution to your future needs – developing the skills of your existing team to encourage and support their development. This not only means that you are likely to secure strong leaders and managers for your team, it also saves time and investment in drawn out recruitment processes and reduces the turnover of people who don’t feel fulfilled or that their developmental needs are being met.

It seems like a win-win situation, investing instead in training the existing members of your workforce – and when you also keep in mind that you’ve already been paying for this training, with the apprenticeship levy investments that your company have been contributing towards, it’s also not going to cost you anything more than you’ve already paid out.

Apprenticeships are ideal for anyone who wants to secure the future of their brand. Those studying for the ILM Level 3 diploma for leaders and managers are being given the skills and experience which make them strong team leaders or supervisors. They will develop a better understanding of how to maintain and manage standards of work, support and guide their team even under pressure, and communicate effectively as the face of the company.

For more senior management positions, the ILM Level 5 diploma for leaders and managers builds on those skills, as well as covering the specific skills and tasks that a leader or manager is expected to carry out.

A benefit of working with the Management Apprentice team is that we can tailor the specifics of these apprenticeships to suit your organisation – embed your values and the behaviours that matter most to you. We aren’t just teaching leadership and management skills – we can teach the skills which matter to your organisation – and protect you against the challenges which your company’s future might face.

If your organisation has been making payments into the Apprenticeship Levy and you aren’t sure how to invest the money before it expires, call us today; we can guide you through the process and help you to protect your organisation against the leadership skills gap that could see your team stagnate.

Why apprenticeships?

We know – it’s a word that makes you think of manual labour, or of young kids starting out on their career – but what if we told you that apprenticeships are a superb option for those wanting to develop their leadership skills, progress in professional environments and grow in confidence – without a power tool in sight?

More importantly than that, if you’ve been paying into the Levy fund, you’ve already invested the money that funds these apprenticeships – and if you don’t act soon, you might lose what you’ve already paid out.

ILM – the Institute of Leadership and Management – with whom we are accredited for delivering and assessing apprenticeships – have some fascinating leadership facts and statistics; let’s explore some of those here:

Poor people management is hitting the efficiency of UK businesses by an average of 8%, costing UK PLC £84bn a year.

That sum is staggering – and poor people management can only stem from a lack of leadership skills – something which a Level 3 or 5 diploma for leaders and managers could improve, bringing better communication and management for teams of any size and preventing the loss of profits that inefficiency can bring.

When you also learn that a 2015 report from the CEBR – the Centre for Economics Business Research – showed that businesses and consumers alike would prefer to do business with an employer who has embraced apprenticeships for their workforce, and that recruitment in every industry acknowledges there is a significant skills gap when trying to fill leadership and management roles, it seems like the obvious solution;

87% of employers struggle to recruit staff who have the skills they need

Of these, 38% highlight management roles as the hardest to fill

If you invest your Levy funding in leadership and management apprenticeships you’ll develop your own committed and passionate people from within, you’ll improve the skills and experience within your own workforce, benefiting as an organisation from that development, and best of all your customers will recognise and appreciate that improvement, boosting the growth of your organisation.

With businesses across the UK paying into the apprenticeship Levy since April 2017 the funds have been building up for some time – but a significant number of those businesses still aren’t sure where or how to spend that investment, still believing that apprenticeships are a niche area for study which don’t meet their needs.

No matter what industry you’re in, that Levy investment you’ve already made is there to benefit your organisation – and the leadership and management apprenticeships which we can tailor to your company’s specific needs will boost the skills and understanding of your future leaders, improving the organisation exponentially, with no further outlay because you’ve already invested that funding.

The UK’s management skills gap has seen us falling behind the other G8 nations in recent years – yet still managers and leaders are the least likely to receive formal training within their organisation; it’s time to buck that trend and look to your future, and the future leaders who prepare to take the helm.

More people than ever before are eligible for apprenticeship training – and too many employers aren’t even aware that they’re missing out; in fact, the recent City & Guilds Skills Shortage Nation report revealed that just 19% of employers are aware that managers, directors and senior official job roles could be being filled right now by apprentices, and 59% of the UK’s HR professionals are not aware of new standards that allow apprenticeships to be used as a developmental tool which will prevent the skills gap crisis impacting their organisation.

At Management Apprentice we take huge pride in our market-leading management apprenticeship solutions, which are designed to create a more qualified and better trained workforce. Our end-to-end offer has been custom built for apprenticeships and includes qualifications, training resources, end point assessment and digital credentials. Working with two other companies – ASK Europe and Insight Solutions – we have brought together three decades of experience, knowledge and expertise, all of which is brought together in the Level 3 and Level 5 Leadership and Management Diplomas which could be the solution to your organisation’s needs.

Call today on 03300 241336 and visit our programme page to learn more about the apprenticeship courses.