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Employers urged to rethink apprenticeships during National Apprenticeship Week

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National Apprenticeships WeekNational Apprenticeships WeekSwindon and Wiltshire employers are being urged to ‘rethink apprenticeships’ as a viable route to develop the skilled staff businesses need.

The call comes from Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership during National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 5 to 9.

This year, National Apprenticeship Week is themed - Apprenticeships Work - and aims to address many misconceptions employers have about the breadth of apprenticeship provision available and the impact apprentices have on business.

Yet many employers do not know that apprenticeships are going through their biggest overhaul in a generation.

The reforms are specifically aimed at putting employers in the driving seat and developing apprenticeships that will work for employers of all shapes and sizes.

One major change is that businesses themselves are writing the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for an apprentice to be considered competent rather than the training sector.

Another change is the breadth of jobs that apprenticeships now cover. In fact, some sectors, like journalism, that have never had an apprenticeship route before, now have the option to ‘grow their own’ staff and develop a pipeline of talented employees.

With so many misconceptions around apprenticeships, Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has commissioned apprenticeship experts, SupplyTrain, to develop a short quiz to test employers’ knowledge of apprenticeships and give them the facts of apprenticeships in 2018.

Employers in Swindon & Wiltshire can also get in touch with Higher Futures for impartial local advice on apprenticeships and skills.

This can be especially useful for employers who cannot find the type of training their business needs to stay competitive or grow.

Higher Futures can be contacted at www.higherfutureshub.co.uk/business/ Take the apprenticeship quiz at www.apprenticesurvey.co.uk/employerquiz