The best apprenticeship programmes start with planning. Learn more about how to design an apprenticeship programme that is tailored for your business. 

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Designing your apprenticeship programme

Before you start an apprenticeship or traineeship programme put the time into defining how you are going to design your programme.

The benefits of forward planning are clear for apprentices, trainees and employers alike:

  • The right learner and right programme means an engaged, motivated employee
  • Mentoring and support leads to a strong return on your investment.
  • With differing standards across sectors it’s important to work with awarding organisations that have clear outcomes across the board
  • Developing learners who have clear outcomes drives innovation
  • Quality delivery of defined outcomes drives business results, reputation and quality and also drives profitability and growth

Training Needs Analysis is a technique for mapping the training and development requirements to achieve competence in jobs and duties at every level in the organisation to meet the demands of the business.

Training Needs Analysis includes:

  • Developing tailored competency standards
  • Gaining recognition for existing company competency standards
  • Benchmarking internal standards against external industry standards
  • Mapping standards against international vocational qualifications, providing an externally verified and accredited certificate of competence

We work closely with training providers to help them identify skills gaps, and develop customised programmes to fill them. Our flexible approach enables them to create sector-specific apprenticeship solutions.  

See how we collaborated with Babcock International Group to develop tailored apprenticeship programmes for their clients

When people think of apprenticeships they tend to think of electricians, plumbers, car mechanics and hairdressers – all learning a trade. This is true, but apprenticeships can be used to train and develop people in almost any business or sector and now cover more than 1500 job roles from hospitality services to childcare, retail banking and dental nursing. They are available across a number of different levels of role, from apprenticeships for new starters, higher and degree.

An apprenticeship is on-the-job training available to those aged 16 and over. Apprenticeships usually last between 12 to 18 months. Depending on the sector and level, some can last up to four years. Throughout the time of the apprenticeship, an apprentice is trained and guided towards a skilled role within a business, often with the help of a training provider so they gain industry knowledge and the skills required to do the job.

Most apprentices also study towards nationally recognised qualifications – learning both online and as part of their work-based training. Apprentices can be new recruits or come from within your existing workforce.  

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

Find out more about Traineeships