Navigating the apprenticeship reforms is no easy task! If you’re confused or have further questions, why not take a look at our answers to some of the questions we get asked most frequently by employers.
If you only remember one thing, it should be that the reforms provide you with a fantastic opportunity to develop new talent, whether through new recruits or existing staff. By offering apprenticeships, you can ensure your future workforce has the required skills that your business needs to excel.
We are a top provider of apprenticeship programmes, supporting hundreds of local and regional employers develop bespoke training programmes to meet business needs and are here to help you.
If you would like further support navigating the reforms and identifying how apprentices could support your business moving forward, get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org- alternatively contact Tom Hodgkinson directly by emailing email@example.com..co.uk or calling 07710 508 750
Are any of your employees eager to access training for personal development purposes? Have you identified, through performance reviews or informal discussions, members of your teams who are motivated to learn new skills and gain qualifications but you are unable to accommodate owing to overall training costs?
The Adult Education Budget is helping hundreds of people learn new skills and gain new qualifications, allowing them to personally develop whilst equipping them with skills to improve your business performance.
We provide a range of short courses to meet the needs of your employees which are free and will not impact on their daily work activities. Course are available in:
To find out more about these courses and how to enrol, contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. alternatively contact Tom Hodgkinson directly by emailing email@example.com. or calling 07710 508 750
Are you looking for a new Business Administrator or looking to develop the business administration skills of a current member of your team?
If you are, why not find out more about the brand new Business Administrator apprenticeship? Form IT and communication skills to project management and decision making, the Business Administrator apprenticeship is a solid foundation for an employee who requires a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours which can be applied across many work streams and duties.
To find out more about this role and to get the ball rolling, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unsure about what an apprenticeship standard is?
As part of the government’s drive to ensure apprenticeships are high-quality and to deliver the skills our economy needs, the traditional apprenticeship frameworks are being replaced by employer-designed standards. This was announced in December 2015 in English Apprenticeships: Our 2020 Vision. Employers from all sectors ranging from fashion to nuclear are coming together to design new apprenticeship standards.
A full list of apprenticeship standards can be found at:
To find out more, email us at email@example.com alternatively contact Tom Hodgkinson directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07710 508 750
Could you inspire the next Neil Armstrong or Thomas Edison?
The government has identified a shortage of both young people and adults progressing into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). In engineering alone, the UK economy needs 186,000 new engineers annually until 2024!!
We are the official STEM Learning Hub for Staffordshire and Shropshire and are looking for STEM Ambassadors – employees in the field of STEM who can use their knowledge, skills and experience to inspire young people and adults to pursue a career in STEM.
Becoming a STEM Ambassador is great CSR for your business, looks great on a CV and provides a real sense of achievement.
FREE STEM development programmes for residents of Staffordshire
If you are aged 19 or above and are interested in pursuing a career in STEM or just need a refresher and a personal boost – why not think about completing a STEM Preparatory Programme, fully funded by Staffordshire County Council.
The programme is a great addition to anyone’s CV and will provide essential knowledge, skills and experience in STEM related activities.
We are looking for STEM businesses to support this programme by offering short work experience opportunities to participants to provide valuable insight into the world of STEM whilst complementing and embedding skills developed throughout the programme.
To find out more, contact us by emailing email@example.com alternatively contact Tom Hodgkinson directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07710 508 750
To celebrate National Careers Week, Entrust invited five high schools to participate in a business pop-up event.
Groups of year 10 pupils from Stafford Manor High School, Walton High School, Sir Graham Balfour, Blessed William Howard and King Edward VI High school competed against each other to come up with a winning business idea.
The teams had to present a full business plan including finances, a marketing plan, a resource and staffing plan and a competitor analysis to a panel of judges from ISS Restoration, Equality Training, and Bri Stor. Our judges were also looking for originality, passion and enthusiasm.
Congratulations to Stafford Manor High School who won with their business idea… Sundae Funday!
The teams walked away inspired, motivated and brimming with confidence. Pupils commented that the activity gave them a greater understanding of the modern business world and the skills that employers are looking for.
Hannah Geal, Operations Lead and Careers Adviser, said “The pupils dedication and enthusiasm wowed both Entrust staff and the local businesses that were involved. The activity was a great mechanism for the young people to showcase their innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Bring the event to your school…
If you are interested in running a similar event at your school, we can facilitate a Business Enterprise Challenge Day. The event will support pupils to demonstrate a range of employability and enterprise skills including:
• Both a team & individual skills
• Confidence, motivation & decision-making
• Creative arts, design and IT skills to market effectively
• Time management
• Problem-solving, planning, research and analysis
• Math's, English & business awareness
• Communication: listening, responding & negotiation skills
• Presentational & media communication skills
You can sign-up to our challenge days on our Online Solutions Tool at: http://entrust.education/. Alternatively, please contact us by emailing email@example.com.
March 6th - 10th 2017 is a week dedicated to budding professionals... National Apprenticeship Week and National Careers Week will bring young people, parents, businesses and schools together to celebrate the positive impact of careers guidance and apprenticeship schemes.
Entrust Learning and Skills would like to invite you to an open evening at our Riverway Centre to:
The open evening will take place on Wednesday 8 March between 6pm - 7pm.
If you are thinking of attending, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More about National Apprenticeship Week and national Careers Week...
National Apprenticeship Week
This year will be the 10th annual celebration of National Apprenticeship Week, coordinated by the national apprenticeship service. The week commencing 6th March is designed to celebrate the positive impact apprenticeships have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
During the week, employers and apprentices from across England can come together to demonstrate and celebrate the benefits an apprenticeship can bring. Creating the perfect opportunity to celebrate individual stories of career progression, encouraging more employers to take on apprentices and also inspiring others to choose an apprenticeship as their first step towards a successful career.
If you are an aspiring apprentice or employer and want to get involved with the week, search the online map to find more information about National Apprenticeship Week events happening near you.
Get involved on social media using #NAW2017
National Careers Week
National Careers Week is dedicated to celebrating careers guidance across the UK. The aim of the week is to provide a focus of career guidance across education, to support individuals through the different phases of their career to ensure clarity of their future goals and are heading in the right direction to achieve them.
By bringing together students, local employers and advisers we can combine knowledge and experiences to help tackle youth unemployment, using national careers week as a platform to advise and inspire the next generation as they take their steps up the career ladder.
Get involved on social media using hashtag #NCW #NCW17 and tag @CareersWeek
To find out more, visit the National Careers Week Official website.
Callum was nominated by his employer for his contribution to the organisation. He is one of 12 apprentices from across the county to be awarded.
The awards recognise apprentices who have exceeded expectations, shown an enthusiastic approach to learning, demonstrated initiative, enterprise, innovation and creativity.
"I work for a variety of departments – Finance, HR, Operations. I love what I do. Young people should definitely consider apprentices because they can come away with a top qualification. If they don’t have work experience it’s a great way to gain experience. Apprenticeships are a great option because it gives you both a work background and education background which looks great in employer’s eyes"
To view more about the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates go to the GOV.UK website for more details.
Universities and colleges across England have been awarded a total of £4.5 million to develop new degree apprenticeships for students starting in September 2017.
Working in partnership with leading employers, the universities and colleges will offer 5,200 new opportunities for apprentices and their employers in preparation for the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April 2017
Apprenticeship Technical Funding Guide published by the Skills Funding agency
This document sets out the technical details of the funding system used to fund apprenticeship frameworks and standards starting on or after 1 May 2017.
The government has today (25 October 2016) set out how apprenticeships will be funded as part of the drive to help millions get the skills they need for a successful career and make Britain a country that works for everyone.
Apprenticeships give people more control over their lives and can be the difference between just about managing and pursuing a skilled, long-term career. The government wants to give everyone this opportunity, regardless of their background or where they live, which is why we are giving more support for 16- to 18-year-olds and those from disadvantaged areas.
The funding policy will underpin the new apprenticeship levy, which will deliver much needed investment in the skills we need to change the lives of millions.