Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships - Training across England

Creative & Cultural Skills understands that managers who are new to apprenticeships may have lots of questions about them.

Following the publication of our Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships, written in partnership with Acas, we have introduced a half day training session to accompany this.

Our session, which lasts for 4 hours (including breaks), walks those who are new to managing apprentices, or those who wish to brush up on the dos and don’ts, through the following:

  • Understanding apprenticeships - what they are/aren't, the responsibilities of the employer versus the training provider, apprenticeship standards and how to select the most appropriate one for your role
  • Recruiting apprentices - things to consider when reaching out to those who may be new to the world of work: job descriptions, shortlisting, best practice approaches to recruitment and interview 
  • Working with young people, safeguarding and working with training providers - induction, 1:1s, safeguarding for apprentices, and how to work with training providers including quality indicators

Please note that whilst the content of our training is relevant for anyone who is new to employing and/or managing apprentices, our session includes content that is more focused on how to support new entrants through apprenticeships, rather than using apprenticeships to up-skill existing staff.

"Arts Council England has been developing its apprenticeship offer over the last 12 months and in order to prepare for the start of our new apprentices we put a cohort of managers through Creative & Cultural Skills' training.  The structure of the session and its content guided us through the process for recruiting, supporting and managing apprentices, and helped us better understand things we could be doing differently to help us reach out to more diverse candidates.

"The session also helped us learn about managing relationships with training providers. As a result of this training we are now committed to offering this to all our apprenticeship managers, as it provides a good foundation for effectively recruiting, supporting and managing apprentices and engaging with training providers." 

Alex Howard, HR Partner and Projects Manager, Arts Council England.


13 November, 11am - 3pm - Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne
14 February, 11am - 3pm - The Hive, Manchester

Further dates and venues to be confirmed.

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