Learner of the year, apprenticeship programme of the year, provider of the year: the apprenticeship industry has an extensive range of awards and ceremonies across every sector. These awards act as recognition for outstanding, industry-leading programmes which make a tangible difference to businesses.
But before an apprenticeship training programme is award-winning, it must first be successful. There are steps you can take to realise your programme’s full potential, says Lifetime’s Business Development Director, Marie Vickery.
From planning to launch, Marie explains how to make sure your programme performs, before offering tips to transform it into an award-winning programme.
Planning an award-winning programme
The planning stage is important: and there are many steps you can take to ensure your programme is a success at this crucial phase. The journey to an award-winning apprenticeship programme begins before launch, so consider these points while deciding initial strategy.
Find the right partner
Selecting the right apprenticeship training provider is important, as they’ll act as an extension of your team.
Use initial meetings to ask direct questions about programme delivery to gain an insight into the quality of provision:
- Do they employ dedicated, full-time trainers?
- Is marketing and comms support available to drive engagement across your business?
- Are reporting tools bespoke? Will course materials and curriculum engage learners?
It’s important to find a provider that understands your company values and can provide courses that make a positive business impact. But most of all, it’s important to find a provider that is an expert in their field to offer advice, guidance, and a consultative approach.
Understand what apprenticeships are now
Apprenticeships have gone through many different changes and reforms over the years. NVQs in frameworks, diplomas in frameworks, standards without diplomas.
Add traineeships, Youth Training Schemes, and other programmes aimed at NEETs (young people not in education, employment or training), and there can be a whole array of misconceptions around apprenticeships.
A crucial part of realising a programme’s full potential is to understand what apprenticeships are today. A good apprenticeship Training Provider will provide detailed advice to help you understand the opportunities available.
Identify legitimate business reasons for introducing apprenticeships
Work with your provider to define the core business reasons for introducing the apprenticeship programme. This could be to meet genuine needs to upskill your existing team or attract new talent.
From these baseline aims, you’ll have clear avenues for measuring programme success. Every business and sector will have a different measure of success, whether that is improving retention rates or upskilling your teams.