Why existing staff are becoming apprentices

Author // Lee Moorton Categories // Digital Technology Centre, HR and Training

If when you think of an apprentice, you think of a 16 year old with little or no workplace experience. You may need to rethink that image, because in 2017/18, 68% of all apprentices are over 19 and from that number half are over the age of 25.

This change was prompted by the end of over 25's having to contribute to their training costs with advanced learner loans. In terms of IT Apprenticeships, what this means for employers is that many organisations can now  easily build their dream team by up-skilling existing staff of any age with SFA funded training and vendor certifications. In addition to this great news for employers, they can also put staff on an Apprenticeship who might be university graduates (providing they are learning a substantive new skill),

Benefits for the employer are obviously the ability to grow and develop existing talent through the Apprenticeship training standards and increase staff retention by investing in your people. Benefits for existing employees would be access to the incredible range of training the standards offer to increase your skills, enhance your CV and improve your opportunity for advancement. In addition, while your role might have subtle changes to align with your apprenticeship training you can retain your existing contract, so that your pay and employment package remain the same.

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