In this case study, we look at how we collaborated with Babcock International Group to develop tailored Apprenticeship programmes for their clients.

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Babcock International

Customised apprenticeships to fill the skills gap

Babcock is a world-class engineering, training and technical support services company. They help thousands of organisations, across a wide array of disciplines, to get the best out of their employees.

From training RAF pilots, retailers and drivers to fire fighters, scientists and motor mechanics, Babcock’s experience, insight and commitment to quality make it a trusted partner for many leading organisations in the UK.

In February 2016, Babcock was awarded the prestigious Training Partner of the Year award at the Semta Annual Skills Awards.

Creating tailored training solutions

Babcock works with Pearson across a range of sectors, including hospitality and retail, adult care and childcare, and business administration and management. The challenge is to find the right people to fill the available roles and skills gaps within each sector.

A simplified recruitment process for employers and apprentices

Each programme we create is tailored to the individual business, which improves the outcome for employers and learners. While employers get the skills and resources they need, learners are able to advance in their training and progress in their careers. Babcock has also made higher apprenticeships a part of its solution, enabling them to extend its apprenticeship offering from Levels 2 and 3 to Levels 4 and 5.

Pearson and Babcock have developed a strategic partnership to ensure the programmes continue to match the demands of the apprenticeship market, and we intend to continue this close collaboration as the market evolves and the new apprenticeship standards become established.

The customised nature of Babcock’s apprenticeship programmes means that the outcome is different for every client.

See below for two examples from Babcock’s major clients, to help illustrate how tailor-made solutions have led to business success.

Tailor-made solutions

Tailor-made solution 1: Asda

Babcock has provided a national apprenticeship solution to Asda, one of the UK’s largest supermarket retailers, since May 2013, supporting over 8,400 Asda apprentices since the launch, with more than 30 job specific pathways available. This means that Asda’s colleagues benefit from tailored training wherever they work in the business.

The apprenticeship programme has achieved a range of return-on-investment measures. It is operating above the national average in terms of success rates and is having a positive impact on learner progression with many progressing from a L2 to a L3 qualification.

The partnership between Asda and Babcock has received a number of awards including the Scottish Training Federation’s Large Employer of the Year 2014 and Success in Partnership 2015 awards, recognising the strength of the model.

Tailor-made solution 2: Marriott Hotels

Babcock developed the Marriott Culinary Apprenticeship Academy with Marriott Hotels, a partnership that has gone from strength to strength in its 15 years. The academy aims to develop the technical skills of young professional chefs, and supports increases in professional standards, teamwork and staff retention.

The academy offers masterclasses, classroom based workshops, market supplier visits and competitions, all of which are carefully designed to build each apprentice’s technical knowledge and professional skills.

Chef apprentices from Marriott Hotels join apprentices from all over the UK to attend the academy, allowing each apprentice to benefit from effective peer-to-peer support.

The Marriott Culinary Apprenticeship Academy first launched in 2012 with 16 apprentices, and has been so successful that, for the 2015/16 cohort, it created over 40 vacancies – all of which have been filled.