Apprenticeships in England are changing. The new Apprenticeship Standards are replacing the existing frameworks which are designed to meet the changing needs of employers, learners and providers.

These new apprenticeship standards aim to:

  • Give employers control in designing apprenticeships that meet employer, sector and economic needs
  • Simplify the standard in a clear and easy to understand process
  • Define the level of skill, knowledge and competency required to operate in a particular job role or sector
  • Provide rigorous independent assessment that tests competency at the end of an apprenticeship
  • Allocate a grading that recognises exceptional performance

Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business. Recruiting apprentices enables employers to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforce as apprentices begin to learn sector specific skills from day one; developing specialist knowledge that will positively affect your bottom line.

In addition to eager, motivated staff who are committed to on the job training and development, industry research has highlighted numerous direct and indirect benefits of Apprenticeships for both recruiting new apprentices and for training your workforce:

  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
  • One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.
  • The average Apprenticeship increases business productivity by £214 per week* (*source: Skills Funding Agency)