Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity to develop the skills needed within your team. The courses provide professional qualifications and require a substantial commitment over a minimum of a year, so you can expect to see a significant increase in skill level, confidence and proficiency. Investing in staff training through apprenticeships can also significantly increase engagement, productivity and efficiency and help you to retain staff within your team.
You will need to commit to release the apprentice for around 20% of their contracted hours for the duration of the programme (usually 12 to 24 months, depending on the course). This will not all be time out of the office, but you must allow time to complete assignments and other training activities. Staff will still need to be paid at their current grade level for any time spent completing their training. They will also be visited regularly by external trainers to monitor progress and set new targets.
As a manager or team leader, please consider apprenticeship courses in conversations with your staff about their development, for eample during regular 1:1 meetings or as part of your PDR process. If several of your staff could benefit from apprenticeships, you may need to consider the impact on the team's workload if they were all to enrol on the course at the same time. Most apprenticeship courses have either rolling enrolment or at least one intake per year.