Apprenticeships can enhance your workforce and introduce a fresh perspective to your business

  • Apprenticeships have been designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance. They can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly.
  • Apprenticeships offer a route to harness fresh talent – if you have trained staff with the right skills for the job, they can do a wider range of tasks and take on new responsibilities.
  • Apprenticeships deliver transferable skills and can be tailored to your specific organisational needs, offering the opportunity to strengthen and diversify your business.

Apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete.

Who are Apprenticeships for?

Apprenticeships can be used to train new employees and to upskill existing employees.

Where do they take place?

Most of the training is ‘on-the-job’ at your premises. Depending on the type of job being done, or the elements of training being undertaken, the off-the-job training provided by Runshaw College could be one day a week.

What are the benefits?

There are real business benefits to taking on an Apprentice. Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. They are with you because they want to be and have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line including*:

  • Higher overall productivity for your company.
  • Better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction.
  • More loyal employees and improved future skill levels.

Employers also state that Apprenticeships help them improve productivity and become more competitive, as training Apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

* Apprenticeships Evaluation: Employers (BIS Survey 2014)

I have an employee keen to do an Apprenticeship. Can I still take them on as an Apprentice?

Yes. In fact, many employers believe it extremely beneficial to offer current employees up-to-date training through an Apprenticeship.

What rights do Apprentices have?

An Apprentice is an employee of your organisation and like all employees, they are entitled to the same rights and benefits as other employees.

What’s the role of Runshaw College?

Runshaw College is responsible for an Apprentice’s off-the-job training.

We will work with you to:

  • Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for your organisation.
  • Agree on a training plan for your Apprentice.
  • Recruit an Apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships.
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training.
  • Manage the training and evaluate its delivery.

When you take on an Apprentice, we will work with you to make sure training is well planned. Once your Apprentice begins, we will follow their progress and deal with any issues that may arise.

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

You must give your Apprentice an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training, relevant supervision, support and mentoring. As with all employees, you are also responsible for the wages of your Apprentice.

How can Runshaw College help to grow my business talent?

Call us now on: 01772 643008 or email: apprenticeships@runshaw.ac.uk

Apprenticeships – Student Handbook

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Apprenticeships – Employer Handbook

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