During National Apprenticeship Week 2019, (4 to 10 March), ACL (Adult Community Learning) Essex are urging individuals and employers to find out more about apprenticeships – the prospects they can bring individuals and the benefits to employees.
An apprenticeship enables individuals to develop new skills directly aligned to their job role. They undertake training that supports their career progression. Apprenticeships are made up of 'off-job' learning e.g. taught sessions in a classroom, 'on-job' learning, in some cases a qualification e.g. Diploma in Management and if required maths and English. Apprenticeships are driven by the employer.
It's not just school and college leavers that can take advantage of the hundreds of apprenticeships that are available; there is no age limit on apprenticeships. Anyone starting a new job role with their existing employer or entering a new profession can undertake an apprenticeship as part of their training and development. An apprenticeship supports individuals to gain the right skills for the job and gain certification that demonstrates they have met industry standard.
Recognising the potential benefit to individuals, businesses and the economy in general, the government has invested in a nationwide advertising campaign to increase awareness of apprenticeships. And apprenticeships are being developed specifically to meet the current and future needs of business and include innovative and growing sectors such as media, digital, health and construction.
For those looking to further their study there are also an increasing number of degree level apprenticeships now available, allowing individuals to undertake apprenticeships that will qualify them as teachers, solicitors, accountants and nurses – to name but a few.
Authorised training providers, like ACL, who have local centres across the county have experts on hand to help both individuals and businesses find the right solution to their employment needs. This could be supporting individuals to undertake an apprenticeship in their place of work or helping those looking to access the labour market via an apprenticeship to secure a position in which to complete a programme.
Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said: “Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for both individuals and businesses in Essex to improve their future prospects. The growing number of apprenticeship options available and the quality of training providers, like ACL, is good news for local enterprise and our expanding workforce.
“Apprenticeships are great for business – they give fantastic opportunities to people of all ages and enable practical and theoretical skills to be taught side by side. They are an excellent investment that can cultivate a skilled and dedicated workforce and support business growth and succession planning."
For more information visit please contact our apprenticeship team on 03330 139502 or email firstname.lastname@example.org