‘A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships’ training hits the road

 4 December 2018

The first of our ‘A Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships’ training sessions took place this autumn, in Birmingham and Newcastle.

Hosted by the Partnership Manager in each area, Ruth Richardson and Melanie Shee respectively, and Programme Director Sara Whybrew, these sessions were a practical follow on from the written guide we released last year with support from Acas.

Our Manager’s Guide to Apprenticeships was developed in response to a direct request from employers. It’s intended to help organisations navigate the sometimes-complex world of apprenticeships and give them the basic tools and understanding they need to develop sound apprenticeship opportunities that reach out to a wide pool of talent.  

The training session is designed to animate the guide and references real life examples of both good and bad practice. The four-hour session covers ‘Understanding apprenticeships’, ‘Recruiting apprentices’ and ‘Working with young people, safeguarding and working with training providers.’  The written guide also includes a performance management section.

A view from the trainer

Partnership manager Ruth Richardson says, “Many organisations have a strong desire to recruit young people, including offering apprenticeships. But there is still a confusion about how to achieve this in a meaningful and sustainable way that benefits both the young person and the employer.

Our training brings together professionals and different insights and experiences from within the creative and cultural sector.

“Our training brings together professionals and different insights and experiences from within the creative and cultural sector. It is a chance to explore the recent apprenticeship reforms in a practical and meaningful way. It helps individuals and organisations to think about the best approach to offering apprenticeships in a general sense and in the context of their own organisation/s.

“The training is informative and explorative and, above all, helps participants to find the way forward to offering fantastic young workforce development opportunities within their settings whilst also helping to explore the barriers and how to overcome them.”  

The initial sessions have had a range of positive feedback from delegates.

“Very helpful and thought provoking. Will enable me to expand the offer further than I thought possible.” Birmingham delegate

“I felt that I was learning in a comfortable environment to ask questions and participate.” Newcastle delegate

We also asked our delegates to offer pledges of what action they would take now after the session. Here were some of the commitments our delegates made:

After today I will…

  • Feel confident promoting apprenticeships in this sector.
  • Think more about the recruitment process and simplifying the application/the criteria we require.
  • Speak to my manager about the human resources aspect of apprenticeships AND about applying some of this learning to the organisation as a whole.
  • Create an apprentice induction programme. 
  • Think more about using apprenticeships as part of professional development.

Sara Whybrew, Programme Director says, “We very much hope our guidance and support will give employers the basic tools they need to embrace apprenticeships and follow best practice approaches to recruitment to encourage inclusivity, and the sustainability of such positions across our workforce. “

The next training session on offer is taking place in Manchester on 14 February 2019. Tickets cost £50 for a half day session, plus booking fee.  

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