This month, as well as supporting the Apprenticemakers community activities, we’ve been fine-tuning our Apprenticeship Champion Training which we piloted in December and adapting it to support new communities of Apprentice Ambassadors and Business Support professionals. We’re also supporting SMEs with their mentoring skills by adding the Mentor Training for SME employers to our suite of courses. We’re delighted to be launching the courses in March. To find out more about the workshops, training programmes and events available from Apprenticemakers please go here.
Many new employers joined the Apprenticemakers community this month to connect with fellow employers, share their knowledge, and learn from others to support their own apprenticeship programmes. If you haven’t logged in for a while, why not revisit to browse the large cross section of employers, across all sectors, representing businesses large and small, from the length and breadth of the country. To give you a flavour of the businesses signed up, here’s a short description of just some of the new joiners this month:
- A small to medium sized contact centre in Bristol with six apprentices currently which is looking to expand its apprenticeships programme in 2016.
- An engineering business in Kent which employs Advanced Apprentices that have been the backbone of their succession policy for over 30 years.
- A small construction and interiors business in Cheshire which has just recruited its first apprentice in Marketing, Social Media and Business Admin.
- A small social media and internet consultancy business in the South East that embarked on the apprentice journey two years ago. They say it has helped them implement a training regime which has benefited the whole company.
- A creative and digital media business in London that describes their apprentices as vital to their business saying: “we wouldn't be what we are without them”.
- A local council in Norfolk that has always recruited apprentices and aims to enhance the experience for both the apprentices and the organisation going forward.
- A large construction services company in Manchester which has a history of recruiting apprentices and has recently moved into recruiting Higher Apprentices.
You can also join groups on Apprenticemakers to connect with other businesses interested in apprenticeships in your region and sector, there are also a number of new groups that have been set up for Apprenticeship Ambassadors this month to help them share information and events. If you’re interested in managing a group for your sector or region, or have an idea for a new group that should be set up, let us know.
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