This year’s National Apprenticeship Week, due to start on 14 March, is fast approaching and provides an excellent opportunity for care providers to find out more about the benefits that apprenticeships can offer. The event is coordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and aims to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.
The key themes for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (NAW2016) are ‘An apprenticeship can take you anywhere’, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can ‘rise to the top’ through traineeships and apprenticeships. Read on to find out how you can learn more about NAW2016.
Many care services report difficulties in recruiting suitable staff and, once employed, retention of good staff can be equally challenging. However, apprenticeships can offer an effective route to attracting new staff and providing the training required to meet the needs of your service. In 2015, 96% of employers taking on an apprentice reported benefits to their business, including the introduction of new ideas, better morale and improved staff retention.
Additionally, smaller businesses employing fewer than 50 staff may be able to claim a grant of up to £1500 per apprentice, for those aged between 16 and 25. With up to 5 grants available to each employer, this can mean up to £7500 is available in a calendar year as an incentive to employ and train younger apprentices.
4 Steps to Learn More about the Benefits of Apprenticeships
- Plan your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships must include specific content relevant to the chosen role but they can be adapted further to the needs of your business. Plan what you might want to include to make the apprenticeship work for your specific service type, whether it be domiciliary, residential, nursing or dementia care.
- Select your provider. Making the right choice of training provider for your apprenticeship is essential to the success of your scheme. Look for a provider with previous experience of successfully supporting apprentices, who also understands the needs of your business. The Apprenticeship website is able to provide further support and guidance on choosing an appropriate provider.
- Read more. Find out more information about apprenticeships at www.apprenticeships.gov.uk, which provides a range of case studies and background information.
- Register as an employer. Use the website to register as an Apprenticeship Employer, or use the telephone support line for businesses.
Keep up to date with all developments in the care sector, including recruitment and employee management: read Care Quality Matters – actionable advice and step-by-step guidance for Registered Managers in care.