Creating an apprenticeship levy strategy
Every business has different reasons for doing apprenticeships. Our job is to uncover yours. It’s why at the very start of our partnerships, we run strategy workshops. They’re collaborative, blue-sky thinking sessions, designed to find out how your levy can be used more effectively.
It’s all about getting to know you, your business and finding out what’s important to you. It’s essential for developing a robust strategy, but also establishing how we’ll seamlessly embed your programme within your business.
We start by taking things back to basics. Together, we’ll look at your current state of affairs, identify your key motivators for apprenticeships and the benefits they’ll bring to your business.
We’ll ask all the important questions to strategically uncover what your programme’s success looks like – what are your core business principles? Your aspirations and priorities for your provision? And, if you already have a programme, what’s its history? How does it work with internal training? We want to know what’s working well for you, but also your sticking points.
To show the art of the possible, we’ll bring our best practice. We'll explore case studies of employers we’ve worked with that share similarities with you. What made their apprenticeship stories a success, and how we can replicate it in your business to level up your offering?
Using your apprenticeship levy strategically
Now we understand your business, your current situation and future direction, we have the fundamentals for building an ambitious strategy that optimises your levy.
We’ll bring your strategy to life, mapping it to your unique goals to create the most impact for your business that goes beyond your requirements. Where is the real need for apprenticeships? Where are the skills gaps within your teams? How can we really start to see a ROI?
After establishing your mission statement, core principles and success measures for driving your strategy forward, we’ll show you how we’ll make it happen. Lifetime will create a step-by-step plan of how we’re going to turn your strategy into action – and how we’re prioritising different parts of your programme.
We’ll plan your programme launch, our cultural onboarding and how we’ll integrate apprenticeships within your existing training offer. We’ll support the roll-out of communications by boosting engagement internally and externally, and create bespoke marketing collateral that reflects your brand, cultures and values, so the programme really feels like your own.