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Ask the Expert: Apprenticeships and training

Pat Meadows, assistant principal of external partnerships and employer engagement at Doncaster College, discusses the benefits of apprenticeships.

Q. What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, leading to a framework of nationally recognised qualifications. With on and off the job training, some may be delivered through a day-release programme.

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of sectors from accountancy to welding, check out the college web site for further detail: http://www.don.ac.uk/courses/apprenticeships/about_apprenticeships.aspx.

Apprenticeships are an alternative way of training for new and existing employees, allowing you to gain qualifications through work experience whilst earning a wage.

Apprentices gain the knowledge and ability to make a significant difference to any business, improving motivation, increasing productivity and competiveness, reducing skills shortages and staff turnover.

National statistics show that:

• 77 per cent of employers say apprenticeships make their businesses more competitive.

• 83 per cent rely on apprenticeships to provide the skilled workers they need for the future.

• 88 per cent believe apprenticeships lead to a better motivated and satisfied workforce.

Doncaster College offers a full recruitment service and needs analysis which is of benefit to businesses and those looking for employment, helping the right people to get the right jobs and training.

Q. How long will someone study for an apprenticeship?

It can take between 12 months to four years to complete the full framework of qualifications, depending on the level, the apprentice's ability and the industry sector.

Q. Are all apprenticeships to the same level?

Frameworks can be studied at intermediate (level 2) advanced (level 3) and higher levels (level 4)

Q. Is there government funding for apprenticeships?

Funding is available to support employers in training their workforce, subject to certain criteria. An expert from Doncaster College can advise what funding is available to individuals and employers.

The government has made it clear that they think the way forward is through apprenticeships, ensuring the skills needs of businesses is met leading to growth in the local and national economy. Can you afford to miss out?

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Pat Meadows
Assistant Principal External Partnerships & Employer Engagement,
Doncaster College
pat.meadows@don.ac.uk
01302 553 806

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