If you’ve built a successful internal training programme and now want to utilise the levy but you don’t know where to start, this blog is for you!
Apprenticeships are a great way to offer valuable development opportunities to staff without eating into your training budget but, how do you implement them without unravelling your already successful internal programmes?
These 5 top tips for apprenticeship integration will help you get started:
1. Test the water
If you’re not sure whether apprenticeships are going to be right for your business, test the water first. Start by getting feedback from colleagues at all levels of the business, to see what the appetite for some new and accredited training is.
This will give you a good indication as to what the take-up of apprenticeships may be, should you roll out programmes.
2. Use personal development plans (PDP) and reviews
Use PDP’s and review feedback to gage where skills gaps are within the business. Looking at trends in this area will help you decide whether an apprenticeship can be used to offer additional learning opportunities, rather than replacing or aligning with your existing training.
3. Programme mapping to your internal training programme
Once you have identified the apprenticeship programmes you want to use, you can then map your existing materials to the apprenticeship standard. Your training provider will need to be involved in this process to ensure all the topics are covered and the learner is fully prepared for their end point assessment.
To effectively map your programme(s), align each topic with those in the apprenticeship standard and highlight where and how each topic will be covered. Again, your training provider can support you with this.
4. Use your network
There are lots of businesses that have already utilised the apprenticeship programmes to enhance their existing training programmes and will be willing to offer some hints and tips on what works and what doesn’t.
If you don’t have any other learning and development practitioners in your network, ask your training provider to put you in touch with some experienced L&D teams that can help.
5. Run a pilot
Once you have mapped your programme and feel like you are ready to launch, run a pilot programme. Running a pilot first will help identify any issues quickly and allow you to see the programme in action.