Apprentices and employers share best practice and experience at training and networking day

September 11th, 2018

Apprentices and their employers from across the West Midlands were able to share their knowledge and gain valuable experience at a special training and networking day.

The event was hosted by Skills Training UK at the Harvest Fields Centre in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, for those enrolled on its Level 5 Operations Manager Apprenticeship.

It was the first time the independent training provider had organised such an event – responding to clients who said they wanted an opportunity to speak to other employers about their experience of Apprenticeships.

The day was attended by learners and employers from organisations and businesses including the NHS, engineering specialists Grainger & Worrall, pet food producers C&D Foods and engineering consultants QCI.

As well as sharing their experiences, employers were able to discuss best practice and take part in practical workshops.

Apprentices also completed tasks that counted towards their final Level 5 Operations Manager qualification. This included creating project scenarios and learning about project initiation, planning and organisation.

Stephen Crawley, Skills Training UK’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We work very closely with our clients to create bespoke training solutions that directly align with their business and workforce development goals and we were pleased that so many of them were able to attend.

“Many of our employer partners had told us that they wanted some time out of the workplace – somewhere where they could talk to other employers about Apprenticeships, share ideas and help spread best practice.

“The feedback has been very positive. We will definitely hold more in the future. It was a great opportunity for clients to meet each other while giving the learners a chance to gain some valuable CPD points that count toward their end qualification.”

Skills Training UK is a leading independent Apprenticeship and Traineeship provider at the forefront of thinking and policy on skills and workforce development.

Focused primarily on STEM sectors, a team of over 60 Trainer-Assessors with relevant industry backgrounds work in partnership with employers to design and deliver bespoke Apprenticeships programmes that help to upskill existing staff, recruit new talent and develop workforces in line with defined goals.

82% of Skills Training UK’s employer clients pay the Apprenticeship Levy and the team adds value by advising employers on how to best manage and use their funds. It also runs several Apprenticeship programmes for SMEs, advising on the additional funds and support available to ensure maximum return on investment.

To find out more about how your business or organisation could benefit from an Apprenticeship programme run by Skills Training UK, contact them today.