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What are the benefits of Apprenticeships?

In celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, we asked Gareth Luke, Managing Director of CMSVocational to talk about the benefits of taking on an apprentice for an employer and the apprentice themselves.

Over to Gareth…

The benefits of Apprenticeships for employers are numerous but here I outline some factors which may be overlooked when looking as to whether Apprenticeships are right for your organisation.

Apprenticeships are for all

Apprenticeships are available for those aged 16+ and Levels 2 to 7. They can be accessed by existing or new employees. It is often a misconception that Apprenticeships are for the young and inexperienced. Apprenticeships exist to develop substantial new knowledge, skills and behaviours regardless of prior background or experience. Training and development can be required for a new more senior role or for a career change. They are a great way to develop existing staff, promote a learning culture, address any organisation / individual skill gaps, aid employee retention and create a more engaged workforce in a cost-effective way.

Learning in the here and now

Apprenticeships offer apprentices access to learning in the present.  Apprentices learn what is relevant to their employer and sector today.  Through the support of their employer and training provider, Apprentices will be armed with the knowledge to develop their skills and behaviours enabling them to operate more effectively in their respective sector and organisation.


Skills Vs Knowledge

Apprenticeship standards are structured around the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours. Knowledge can be attained without direct exposure to a situation. Skills and behaviours can only be developed with direct exposure to a situation. So whether this is learning to fix a car, analyse data on a spreadsheet, holding difficult conversations with a stakeholder or problem solving, these abilities are best developed where knowledge, skills and behaviours all meet.

Learning the knowledge of a competitor analysis is one thing but conducting it, in reality, is another. Programmes without real-world exposure to apply newfound knowledge as a skill and behaviours will never be as beneficial as where a learner learns and then has the opportunity to apply, reflect and learn in real-time with the support of more experienced colleagues. Such an approach also ensures development is relevant to current industry practices.

Gareth Luke is the Managing Director of CMS Vocational LTD. He is passionate about developing the business helping people into Apprenticeships and Traineeships as well as providing excellent candidates for the organisations that CMS partners with.

CMS has more than 30 years of experience in the provision of training and offers a range of Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Advanced Learning Loans and Commercial offerings.

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