CLaSS

Waltham Forest Community Learning & Skills Service

Apprenticeships - Information for Employers

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications. You can use Apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees.

As employees, apprentices earn a minimum of 2.60 per hour, paid by you the employer and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job apprentices receive training up to one day per week to gain an industry recognised qualification, Maths, English and ICT.

We currently provide frameworks in Business Administration, Health & Social Care, Customer Care and Childcare. New frameworks will be available soon to provide greater choice for employers and apprentices.

Benefits

Apprentice and employer in a meeting

Apprenticeships can help businesses engage new talent particularly at a time of skill shortages and recruitment difficulties. Studies have shown several benefits as a result of implementing an apprenticeship scheme into the organisation, such as:

  • Increasing productivity - 81 per cent of employers said apprentices generated higher overall productivity (LSC survey, Jan 2009)
  • Improving competitiveness - 66 per cent of employers surveyed believed such schemes made them more competitive
  • Providing a committed and competent workforce - 92 per cent of employers surveyed said an apprenticeship programme led to better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction
  • Taking on an apprentice is cost effective because they are able to learn on the job while also undertaking off the job training that is government funded. Studies have clearly shown that the investment in apprentices is repaid many times over
  • We have had some very successful placements within the program, which is reflected in the numbers of apprentices employed on a full-time basis
  • For the apprentice, it allows access to employment and training with key local employers and with the possibility of a permanent position

Feedback from Apprentices

We have had very positive feedback from our apprentices, with some of them being recruited into permanent positions within the Council. These are a few of the comments that have been made by recent apprentices:

  • "I think I have gained more confidence in myself, talking in front of a crowd and talking to elders I think this course has made me more responsible."
  • "I feel it has enhanced my knowledge in the field of Business and Administration, I have become more confident in myself and am able to talk confidently to a large group of people without hesitating. I have gained experience and knowledge in the world of work."
  • "I think the course has given me a lot more experience and opportunities which I would not have been able to experience if I hadn't come on this course. It has made me a lot more confident and able to sort things out for myself."
  • "Overall the Business and Administration NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship has enabled me to learn a wide range of new skills and improve on the skills I already have. I have also gained experience which will be with me for life. My job prospects are also brighter."
  • "I feel I have gained sufficient knowledge and experience during the apprenticeship, both at work and college."
  • "I think the course has given me more experience and opportunities into seeing what a full time job is like and the sort of thing I am going to be doing when I am in a permanent job."
  • "I have gained a lot of knowledge from my training which comes in handy at work in a sticky situation. I have become a lot more confident interacting with new people and trying new tasks."

What Next?

If you are interested in recruiting an apprentice and would like to know how to take this forward, fill in the form below or contact:

Sam Whenman
Tel: 020 8558 6805
email: sam.whenman@walthamforest.gov.uk

Harpal Rull
Tel: 020 8520 9430
email: harpal.rull@walthamforest.gov.uk

Soledad Thomas
Tel: 020 8520 9430
email: soledad.thomas@walthamforest.gov.uk

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