We are still here, still working and still training your apprentices

Management Apprentice: Business as usual during the Coronavirus lockdown.

 

Since lockdown began we have spoken to many clients and received a lot of enquiries from people who are looking to begin or continue their apprenticeship programmes after lockdown – so we want to let you know that our Apprenticeship programmes are not on hold.

The Management and Leadership Apprenticeship programmes that we offer are supported with online learning, which means that your learners don’t need to be in the workplace to study or apply their learning. Though there may be some aspects of the hands-on application of learning which need to be adapted, the study itself can be carried out whether the learner is in office, in role, working from home or even furloughed.

Rather than this time when workforces are necessarily home based or unable to work being a pause in their development, why not make good use of the levy funding you’ve already put aside, and invest in the continued growth and professional knowledge of your future leaders, and begin (or continue) a Management Apprenticeship programme.

You can run these courses for just one learner, or you can have large groups carrying out the learning simultaneously who can share their learning and discuss their apprenticeship programme, supporting their development, via our online learning platform.

Though the learning application in the workplace might need to be adapted, depending on your current and ongoing situation as the Covid 19 restrictions are lifted and adapted, all of our online learning is available with support from dedicated tutors and our administrative team are still working full time to ensure that your questions are answered and resources available when you need them.

Don’t let this difficult time impact the future of your business; let your team know that their future with your organisation matters, and invest in their development. Not only will this mean that you benefit from the development of their skills, knowledge and experience as future leaders and managers, you also show that you value their growth and the impact they will have on the future of your business, and benefit from their loyalty in return.

With such significant mutual benefit, now is the ideal time to begin – and even team members who are furloughed can study towards an apprenticeship qualification, so nobody needs to miss out on this opportunity. Even better, if you have been paying into a Government levy, these programmes won’t cost you a penny more than what you’ve already invested.

Call now  on 03300 241336 or email hello@managementapprentice.com for more information, or to discuss the next steps for your learners.

Where can I study for a management apprenticeship?

This is a question we are being asked a lot; “where do I study?” and it’s one of the easiest questions to answer;

Wherever you work.

The best thing about the leadership apprenticeships we offer – both the level 3 and level 5 diploma for managers and leaders – is that you aren’t tied to a college or classroom environment. You study in the workplace, and work towards your qualifications during the daily routines of your normal working day, supported by your own managers and teammates.

Apprenticeships are a flexible, achievable way to develop your career whilst still earning – and they are a fantastic tool for organisations of any size to invest in the development and growth of their future leaders, supporting and encouraging their learning and experience as they grow into the role of team leader, supervisor or manager.

How does this work for your organisation?

If you have a wage bill over £3 million you will have paid into the Apprenticeship Levy, and have invested in a pot of money which is there specifically to cover the cost of these courses. You won’t have to pay another penny out of pocket – because you’ve already made the investment, and now it’s time to reap the rewards. It frees up your existing L&D budget for other development needs.

If you don’t pay into the Apprenticeship Levy you can still introduce an Apprentice Programme and pay direct for the delivery – the pricing for Level 3 is £4,500, and Level 5 is just £7,000.

Your employees could be benefiting from the support and guidance of our management apprenticeship course leaders, guiding them through the learning process and teaching them the skills they need to be fantastic managers and leaders.

As the apprentice learners progress through the course, they apply their learning to real-world situations within the workplace – meaning that you benefit from their increased knowledge and experience, and support their learning in the environment of your organisation, tailoring the learning to suit your specific working models and situations.

It’s a win-win situation, where the skills of your workforce are increased, the cost is already covered, and you don’t face the strains of staff turnover or recruitment, filling the needs of tomorrow, today.

All you need to do to set the wheels in motion is request more information through our contact form, or call our team on (03300) 241336 and you could be benefiting from your existing investments.

Protect your organisation from the risk of stagnation; allow the innate skills of your existing workforce to grow into the leadership skills that your team will most benefit from – and reap the rewards of satisfied, supported workers who are growing into their future role, thriving in your workplace.

Call today to find out more 

What do you learn with a management apprenticeship?

 

This question has a range of answers – and they all include “everything that makes a great manager and leader, for every organisation, in every industry!”

Leadership – and managing a team of employees – comes down to far more than knowing how to face conversations, how to maintain documentation, how to delegate tasks among a team, and the operational and financial management of the company’s assets. It’s about inspiring people, supporting people, understanding business, and being passionate about the organisation and the people within it.

Great leadership means committing to performing well – and to supporting the whole team to do the same.

How can you inspire that kind of attitude in your future leaders?

To put it simply; support their development.

If you want to be sure that your future managers and leaders are as passionate about the growth and success of your organisation as you are, you need to show them that their professional development matters to you and to your company.

One way to do that is to invest in their growth, and support that development in a practical and effective way; an apprenticeship in leadership and management.

Don’t let your workforce stagnate and look elsewhere for their growth opportunities – nurture them, develop the skills they were employed for in the first place, and make use of the financial investments you have already made into your Apprenticeship Levy – and encourage your team to take part in a level 3 or 5 ILM accredited apprenticeship for leaders and managers.

If you have a wage bill over £3 million, you will already have invested in the Apprenticeship Levy  – the cost for these apprenticeships is covered, and you won’t need to pay a penny more towards the training; our full cost is covered by the funds in your levy accounts. It frees up your existing L&D budget for other development needs.

If you don’t pay into the Apprenticeship Levy you can still introduce an Apprentice Programme and pay direct for the delivery – the prices for Level 3 are £4,500, and for Level 5 it’s just £7,000.

Get in touch today to find out more, and let’s build your future leadership team from within.

Call 03300 241336 or get in touch through the website where you can also download guides for each course.

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.

Levy funding investments will expire

In April 2017 the way that apprenticeships are funded changed, with the introduction of Levy Funding; those businesses which qualified invested these sums to an apprenticeship service account with the intention of using those funds to develop the skills and qualifications of team members – but, with little idea about what to do next, many have gone no further, unsure of how to progress, leaving the funds sitting and building as they ponder what to do next.

 

One thing many people haven’t factored in is that there is a cut off point for this money – that 24 months after the initial investment, the invested sum will expire. This means that your money – money which you have already spent through this investment programme, could go to waste, and you will no longer be able to access it for the education of your organisation’s apprentices.

As April 2017 is the earliest these investments could be backdated to, that means that April of this year is the point when many invested sums will begin to expire – and this could be what happens to your money.

To prevent missing out on the chance to benefit from the investment you have – as we said – already made, consider spending the funds which are building up in your apprenticeship investing account on our management apprenticeship courses, which will develop the skills and experience of your workforce; work with us to build the managers and leaders of tomorrow within your existing team.

For more information on the programmes, on how we handle the stress of the finances, and how our courses can enhance the skills, knowledge and professional expertise of your future leaders and managers, give us a call or download our guide, and let’s make the most of the investment you’ve already made, before it’s too late.

World of Learning; apprentice zone

Last week we were at the World of Learning event in Birmingham, where Toni Clarkson spoke in the apprentice zone about ‘Management Apprentice; a route to leadership’ – which saw a lot of people approaching our stand wanting further information on how we could help with Levy investments, apprenticeships and further development of future leaders.

Some images from the event are below – as you can see, we had with us some well-known faces offering their own insights into successful leadership; none other than Management Guru David Brent and Assistant (to the) regional manager, Gareth Keenan!

If you have any follow-up questions about the topics covered in Toni’s talk, or want further information on how to invest your Levy funding in management apprenticeships through us, give us a call on 03300 241336 or download a brochure directly and contact us here.

The event was a great way to meet many of you face to face, and we are looking forward to next time!

World of Learning

Today and tomorrow we are thrilled to be at the World of Learning event in Birmingham – and we are even more thrilled that we will be bringing some special guests; take a peek at this video from our good friends over at ASK Europe, and come to stand G60 to meet our team, talk about management apprenticeships and pick up a few of our brochures.

Don’t forget to say hello to our very own Alia Taub, who will be giving a presentation on Management Apprenticeships, a route to leadership.

Bring your leaders to the Levy before the Levy is gone

Since April 2017 organisations throughout the UK have been paying into the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy – but many people still aren’t entirely sure how to utilise this pot of cash.

This investment, if not spent before the deadline (April 2019 for any funds invested in April 2017) will be lost, meaning that the organisations who paid it in won’t be able to access the money any more.

With that knowledge in mind, and knowing that your organisation has been investing in this Levy for eighteen months, unsure how to see the benefits of this investment, we have planned an Apprenticeship Public/Open Course, a taster course, if you will, which will bring together staff from a number of organisations who want to see the benefits of this development opportunity for their workforce, but don’t want to risk investing all of their Levy funding without more information.

We have worked to develop the best Leadership and Management apprenticeships, designed for those in Team Leader and Middle Manager roles, to help you to make the most of your Levy investments before the opportunity is gone, and we can show you how to benefit from the learning and development of your leaders without any kind of financial risk, and benefit from the growing confidence and ability of your leaders.

Apprenticeships have long had a stigma – thought of as the poor sibling of further education – but those days are gone. Apprentices aren’t just teenagers who don’t want to go to college, nor are they the arena of manual labour or hard graft.

Our modern apprenticeships are, in fact, a widely respected professional management qualification – and we take huge pride in the Management and Leadership Apprenticeships we run, which can develop the skills and understanding of leaders, supervisors and managers, helping them to climb to the top of the career ladder, and to develop the growth and success of your organisation.

We know that the new guidelines haven’t always been very clear – and we understand that some organisations are wary of their next steps, which is why we are planning these public/open cohorts; bringing together a number of organisations, each putting forward one or two people to take part in our Level 3 and Level 5 courses for Leaders and Managers. Level 3 is ideal for those aspiring to be, or currently in, team leader or supervisor roles, learning in-position and applying their knowledge and new skills as part of the course. The Level 5 course is aimed at middle managers, or aspiring middle managers, and those wanting to take the next step in their career, and build their confidence in this leadership position as they train.

If you are interested in hearing more, or are concerned about the potential loss of the funding you’ve invested so far, call Management Apprentice today on 03300 241336 to book your place at our next event, and make the most of the investment you’ve already made.

Not going to Uni? There’s another path to success.

Once seen as the poor relative of further education, modern Apprenticeships are far more than a backup plan or a fall-back if you didn’t get the A level results you needed for your university of choice.

Apprenticeships offer an on-the-job learning experience that simply can’t be replicated in the classroom – and the chance to earn as you learn. This means that, rather than being a second choice, opting for an apprenticeship could see you climbing the career ladder sooner, with less student debts, and gaining invaluable in-role experience as you complete your studies.

When you’ve followed a path through education that traditionally wants to guide you towards university, it can feel like the bottom has dropped out of your world if you don’t get the A level grades you were hoping for – but we have guided a great many people through their Level 3 and Level 5 diplomas in Leadership and Development, who have gone on to achieve successful, top-level careers in a wide range of industries.

Apprenticeships in Leadership and Development can take you anywhere – no matter what professional environment you see in your future, the invaluable skills you’ll learn during the process will bring out your best and take you to the top of your game.

Even if you achieved top marks across the board in your A levels, university might not be the direction you see yourself going in – after all, it’s another three years of debts and shared accommodation that just might not be your bag; instead, consider embracing the opportunity to cement your leadership skills, earn as you progress, and let us oversee your apprenticeship.

Call us today for more details, and download our programme guide to see exactly what Management Apprentice can do for you.