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The noise around degree apprenticeships has been steadily building over the past year or so and, unless you’ve managed to avoid the business media, you’ll have heard that the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy is launching in April. These changes mean employers can now bring higher skills into their business using low cost, high quality training to enhance performance, increase efficiency and improve productivity.
It’s not all about new staff either. By providing some of your more talented individuals with the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification while undertaking work-based improvement projects, apprenticeships provide a win-win opportunity for both employer and employee.
It’s likely you’re in one of three camps:
Whether you’re a FTSE 500 or an SME, embracing change and transforming business practices is rarely easy, which is why we are here to help and guide you through the steps.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be showing you how you can tackle many of the fears and challenges you may be facing, as well as show you how you can establish a pilot in your organisation using existing employees, so you can trial an apprenticeship programme before the levy creates additional impact.
Refresh yourself of the facts
Visit the gov.uk further education and skills website on apprenticeships for information on how to employ an apprentice
Talk to the OU. We can help you recruit, induct and mentor apprentices, draw down levy funding and set up your administration processes and procedures
Over the coming weeks, you can expect information and advice on:
✔ What the degree apprenticeship route offers
✔ How to take the first step with apprenticeships
✔ Where to start when implementing a new apprenticeship programme
✔ How to access funding and determine the costs
✔ Bringing it all together (in time for the introduction of the levy in April)
✔ How you can utilise apprenticeships to meet specific business requirements
We have nearly 50 years’ experience in making sure knowledge sticks in the minds of busy working adults. In fact, 4 in 10 of all UK part-time undergraduate students are studying with the OU and 76% of our students are in employment.