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Launching apprenticeship programmes

Read our tips on what you should think about before recruiting apprentices and steps on how to launch a successful apprenticeship programme.


What makes a good apprenticeship?

  • Delivers real specialised skills
  • Workplace mentoring
  • Good balance between on and off-the-job training
  • Clear progression routes and goals
  • Clarity about the aim of the apprenticeship
  • Investment return for the employer
  • CPD once the apprenticeship is completed

Things you should think about before you recruit apprentices

  • The future outlook of your company: are your apprenticeships a retention tool, pathways to management roles or do they address a skills shortage?
  • Your ideal candidates: are you interested in up-skilling existing employees, or recruiting?
  • Your type of apprentice: what kind of eligibility criteria do you need to set for the programme?
  • Aligning the course duration with future roles: what roles will you need filled in two, three or even four years’ time?
  • Involving your staff with these plans and decisions: are your current employees informed, motivated and engaged with your programmes? Will they help support your apprentices or join the programmes themselves?
  • Who you’d like to be involved in the training: would you consider mentoring, buddying or apprenticeship ambassador schemes?
  • Where your programme fits in your company: could your apprenticeship build on existing internal training? Or is it specifically for graduates or school leavers?

We invite you to contact us today for an informal discussion regarding the answers to these questions.

How to launch a successful apprenticeship programme

  1. Familiarise yourself with the key features of apprenticeships
  2. Align your L&D strategy with corporate goals and objectives
  3. Gain the support of colleagues and senior managers
  4. Identify available funding
  5. Identify role and qualification
  6. Select partners
  7. Build apprenticeship programme
  8. Recruit and on-board apprentices
  9. Run programme

Guides for employers

The National Apprenticeship Service has produced some useful guidance for apprenticeship employers. Download their guides today. 

Supporting your apprenticeships    Achieving the benefits of apprenticeships    Employers guide to apprenticeships