The Future of Apprenticeships
The Apprenticeships Programme is already successful and provides proven benefits to both Employers and Apprentices. For Apprentices, it can equip them with the skills needed for a successful career and be a genuine alternative to going to University or even an opportunity to combine an Apprenticeship with higher education. For Employers, it can provide a highly efficient and effective means of developing the skills within the workforce. Apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3 deliver £26 and £28 of economic benefits respectively for each pound of Government investment.
The Government has stated that it’s wanting to grow the number of apprenticeships available, reaching 3 million starts in 2020.
The key measures aim to:
- Put employers in the driving seat. Apprenticeships will be based on standards designed by employers, making them more relevant and therefore more attractive to existing and new employers.
- Increase the quality of Apprenticeships. An apprentice will need to demonstrate their competence through rigorous and holistic assessment. This will focus on the end of the Apprenticeship to ensure that the apprentice is ready to progress.
- Simplify the system. The new employer-designed standards will be short and easy to understand. They will describe the knowledge, skills and behaviour (KSBs) that an individual needs to be fully competent in an occupation.
- Give employers purchasing power. Putting control of government funding for the external training of apprentices in the hands of employers, to empower businesses to act as customers, driving up the quality and relevance of such training.
The Apprenticeship Programme is becoming more responsive to the needs of Employers, particularly with the new TrailBlazer Apprenticeship standards being introduced.
To conclude, Apprenticeships are only set to increase in popularity and with over 3 million new Apprentices enrolled expected by 2020. Not only are they a very popular alternative to the main stream education route they provide Employers with a trusted platform for learning, growth & skills development.
For more information on IT Apprenticeship please contact the Estio Training Client Engagement Consultant Team on 01422 898888.