Proud to be an apprenticeship influencer, helping businesses to support their apprentices and plugging the missing gap of apprenticeship provision. Also a dad and a behaviour expert...
The recent report by The Mentoring School, "How the workforce feel about supporting apprentices", summarises the results of a survey conducted with 100 random employees, including employees, self-employed people, team leaders, middle managers, senior management and CEOs or directors.
Alone in a room with a computer, Harriet (not her real name), is sat in front of a computer panicking. She has no idea what to do or what’s expected of her, she’s been told to ‘do the marketing’ and given no guidance. Harriet is a Digital Marketing Apprentice and has been taken on by a company, who like many others, like the idea of a cheap employee. She has not been given an induction, just a series of passwords for the company’s social media accounts and a briefing on what the company does.
Next month I’m chairing a London conference on mental health in the workplace and it’s got me thinking about the work we do in the FE sector. Whether you are working with apprentices or in a higher education setting, the pressure on the young people is evident in today’s fast-paced technological world.
With the apprenticeship levy just around the corner many training providers are working with their large (and smaller) employers to scale up the size of their apprenticeship programmes. However, there’s an inherent problem in the current apprenticeship model.
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