Boosting retention with apprenticeships
In the National Apprenticeship Service’s guide, 69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention. And that 65% of apprentices stay working for the company that trained them when they complete their apprenticeship.
In this sector, quality training is vital to gain qualified staff, progress them in their careers and retain them in their roles. Care apprenticeships provide role-relevant training through well-structured programmes, developing a pipeline of skilled, qualified people that can tackle today’s workforce challenges.
Our care partners use apprenticeships to support retention – and they’ve seen impressive stats. Our recent case study with Care UK highlighted how 67% of their apprentices have been retained one year after achieving their apprenticeship with Lifetime.
From the very start of their employment, Care UK’s people can enrol onto an apprenticeship, and as a result, 93% of its 128 nursing home sites have apprentices. Together, we’ve established a strategy for training excellence that constantly evolves to improve retention.
Recruiting fresh talent
Recruiting new care apprentices is crucial in securing a skilled, competent and future-proofed workforce. With recruitment and retention high on the agenda for all social care organisations, using a training provider with a free apprenticeship recruitment service is an invaluable tool for opening a wider pool of talent.
Our care partners recognise that employees who gain qualifications are statistically more likely to stay with the business. Our free recruitment service has been a success for many of the employers we work with, across both large national organisations and SME provision. These partners use apprenticeships to provide access to further education, clear progression pathways, and the stability of a secure career.
We’ve recently worked with Bupa to launch its new apprenticeship recruitment programme, recruiting 50 new apprentices across its care settings. It's just one way we’re working together to attract new talent, support career progression and develop new pathways for their people.
Bringing lasting change
The health and social care sector faces considerable challenges moving forward. Reviewing recruitment and retention activities that build on government-backed initiatives has the potential to be a real-game changer for the sector – and its people. Apprenticeships are a sustainable solution for not only filling roles, but also continuing skills development to provide longevity.