Investing in the future of your business and improving skills
Thousands of businesses are using apprenticeships to help them grow. Whether they are recruiting new talent into their business or developing existing staff, these businesses have chosen apprenticeships to build the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to succeed.
At the Lancashire Skills Hub we are keen to facilitate the growth of apprenticeships across Lancashire and to support this we work with partners including, employers, colleges, private training providers, local authorities and intermediaries. Working in partnership with the local authorities we have developed a Lancashire Apprenticeship growth plan. This plan documents the activities being undertaken to support the growth of apprentices across Lancashire.
The Lancashire Skills Hub is also working alongside the Lancashire Work based Learning Executive Forum to promote apprenticeships through the Lancashire Skills Pledge. The aim of the pledge is to give employers impartial advice and guidance on a number of employer facing opportunities including apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are an opportunity to train people which is open to all organisations and for people of all ages. Whether businesses are recruiting new talent or developing their existing staff, businesses are choosing apprenticeships to build the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to succeed.
No longer just for young people, they help staff of all ages and levels progress in work. They can include degrees or chartered status and provide a valuable pathway to develop the right staff, your way – no matter what sector businesses are operating in. For further support check out our Lancashire focused toolkit.
Here are some results reported by businesses:-
- £400 a month reduction on office costs
- 20% improvement in staff retention saving £2,500 per person in recruitment
- £90,000 added to the bottom line through better productivity
Support for Employers
Take on an Apprentice
If you want impartial advice to Take on Apprentice , then register for our Lancashire Skills Pledge. An expert will be in touch to discuss your requirements.
To find out which local providers offer the training you need the Lancashire Work Based Learning Executive Forum have developed- SORTED – an interactive tool providing information on which apprenticeship training providers deliver which apprenticeships across Lancashire.
The Employers’ Apprenticeship Toolkit
The apprenticeship landscape can be a complicated and therefore the Lancashire Skills Hub and partners have developed the Employers’ Apprenticeship Toolkit.
This toolkit aims to simplify apprenticeships and contains lots of helpful information on the national and local offer. So weather you are an employer or an intermediary who supports employers check out our Employers’ Apprenticeship Toolkit>
Support to promote your apprenticeships
Join the Apprenticeship Ambassador network, become an Ambassador and promote your apprenticeships to young people in school, college or university. The aim of the Ambassador Network is to champion apprenticeships by telling others your apprenticeship story and the benefits of being an apprentices at your organisation.
We want people with direct experience of being an apprentice, or managing an apprenticeships to tell their story and inspire young people to become apprentices. We also want teachers and the business community to understand apprenticeships, and their benefits.
As well as promoting your organisation, it will raise the profile of your sector, and some of our Ambassadors have won prestigious awards.
If you want to register your interest in Becoming an Apprenticeship Ambassador, then register for our Lancashire Skills Pledge. An expert will be in touch to discuss your requirements.
Support for Education Institutions
Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools
The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools (ASK) project offers every educational establishment in England with students in years 10 – 13 access to a free, bespoke apprenticeship support package to transform apprenticeship awareness activities so that students, parents, teachers and governors can be informed about the wonderful opportunities that apprenticeships offer.An Ambassador will attend school events and careers fairs to promote Apprenticeships and will deliver presentations to school assemblies or at an event/conference. They will promote progression to Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. An Ambassador acts as the voice of young people and is a sounding board for consultations on the future direction of Apprenticeships.
For 2019/20 the ASK offer has been expanded to offer even more fantastic activities and resources, including a new range of materials for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 as well as a new school sixth form programme that positions apprenticeships equally alongside full time university applications.
So if you are a school, school sixth form or college and want someone to deliver information in an assembly or deliver a dedicated apprenticeship session then go here for further information.
Apprenticeship Ambassadors can promote apprenticeships in your institution
Apprenticeship Ambassadors can attend school events and careers fairs to promote Apprenticeships and will deliver presentations to school assemblies or at college events/conferences. They will promote progression to Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships. An Ambassador acts as the voice of young people and is a sounding board for consultations on the future direction of Apprenticeships.
Amazing Apprenticeship Service
If you want to know more about apprenticeships this national service is here to help.
They have free resources and arrange bespoke support packages for schools and colleges who want to increase awareness of apprenticeships. They create and deliver resources from posters and guides to films and live broadcasts with some of the country’s most prestigious employers, go here for further information.
Support available for businesses in Lancashire includes:
Inspire an apprentice
The Lancashire Apprentice / Employer Ambassador Network is part of a county-wide drive to increase understanding and employment opportunities for apprenticeships.
Take on an Apprentice
Do you want to fill skills gaps in your organisation using apprentices? Are you looking to recruit an apprentice and need support?
Train an apprentice
Are you looking to upskill your current workforce? Did you know that apprenticeship funding can be used for any age group and can also be used for your current teams?