Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships bring together universities, employers, professional bodies and apprentices in a formal relationship to meet the skills needs of the economy. Apprenticeships are a priority for us and we are working with various providers to help with the delivery of a range of apprenticeships driven by employer demand.

Background

The Greater Manchester Training Hub provides support to primary care in relation to all apprenticeship offers across Greater Manchester, by guiding practices to identify the appropriate apprenticeship, aid recruitment, highlight apprenticeship funding where available and advise practices how to access levy transfer. 

Apprenticeships support the Long Term Plan and the People Plan in relation to reducing workforce pressures, retaining workforce, growing and training the workforce, new ways of working and delivering care, and the overall sustainability of primary care. 

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes which give the current or future employee the chance to work (literally) towards a qualification.

Requirements

When employing an apprentice. They must be;

  • 16 or over
  • not already be in full-time education
  • live in England

They can start an apprenticeship whether they are starting their career, want a change or looking to upskill in their current job. Apprentices’ can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship.

Hiring an apprentice

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice.

  1. Choose an apprenticeship for your business or organisation.

  2. Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship you’ve chosen.

  3. Check what funding is available for training and other costs to your organisation.

  4. Advertise your apprenticeship – you or your training provider can do this through the find an apprenticeship service.

  5. Select your apprentice and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.

Apprenticeships must last for at least a year. They can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying

Key benefits of employing an apprentice

1. Growing the workforce

90% of apprentices stay with their employers upon completion of their course and nearly one quarter of apprentices go on to further develop their careers within 12 months of completing their apprenticeship.  

 2. Aid staff retention

As well as helping you to gain the right kind of skills you need for your business, employing an apprentice can also aid staff retention, providing you with skills staff for the future. In a recent survey, 74% of companies surveyed said that apprentices tended to be more loyal, than non-apprentices.

 3. Tackle a skill shortage

Apprenticeship schemes help employers ensure that they get exactly the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need while growing a talented and engaged workforce. Apprenticeships also help fill the skills gap within their current workforce and enable development in areas beneficial to the apprentice and the organisation. 

4. A breath of fresh air

Employing an apprentice can add a whole new dimension to your workplace, bringing with them a fresh perspective and new ideas. This in turn can encourage existing employees to undertake further development to enhance their career. 

5. Recognised qualifications

Each apprenticeship once completed rewards the employee with a qualification. The levels of qualifications are: Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSE passes); Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A-Level passes); right the way through to Level 6 (degree level) and Level 7 (masters degree).

7. Benefits of ongoing and personalised support

The apprentice will be assigned an assessor who is the person responsible for setting all of their work, marking it and guiding them through their course. They are there to answer any of their questions at any point and provide them with support tailored to suit their needs.