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Apprenticeships that work - a guide for employers

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Apprenticeships that work - a guide for employers

Published October 2014

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Apprenticeships have received increased attention in recent years for their value in offering young people a direct and affordable route into skilled jobs and careers, the opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’ with the support of experienced professionals, and providing a viable alternative to university. Apprenticeships have many benefits for employers too, providing and effective way to build their future talent pipelines and develop their own talent, with the current and future skills needs of their organisation in mind, and the opportunity to build an engaged and committed workforce. Furthermore, new Apprenticeships have been introduced in areas such as business administration and retail, as more employers are realising the long-term benefits of their investment in training.

However, for Apprenticeships to work successfully for both business and learners, the CIPD believes employers need to play a key role in designing and delivering high-quality Apprenticeships that both support their business strategy and offer young people the chance to acquire the skills and expertise they need to be successful. The CIPD produced the first iteration of this guide in 2012, as a one-stop-shop for employers looking to offer Apprenticeships, whether for the first time or with a view to improving their existing offering. This updated guide, Apprenticeships that Work, continues to offer expert support to employers within different organisational sectors and sizes, across the UK, addressing some of the issues and questions involved and ensuring they have the support they need to take on an apprentice.

Contents of the guide:

  • Where to start and first steps
  • Preparing the organisation for an apprentice’s arrival and achieving buy-in
  • Recruiting apprentices
  • Finding the right training provider for your needs
  • Running a successful Apprenticeship programme
  • Introducing, managing and developing apprentices
  • Employment law and Apprenticeships

Issues around mismatch in supply and demand of Apprenticeship vacancies are also explored in our The match factor: good practice in Apprenticeship recruitment report which makes a number of additional recommendations to employers and learning providers.