3 Great Ways to develop talent in your businesses

Career adaptability and skills development have never been so important in the context of the changing world of work. And now more than ever, we need to develop transferable skills that will enable us to adapt to these new ways
of working.

If you are thinking of growing or developing your team, there are many numerous routes through Apprenticeships or the Kickstart Scheme. Companies can also use Apprenticeship funding to upskill their current staff.

There are now 739 Apprenticeship courses to choose from. The courses are made up of numerous modules that develop transferable skills, for example, our Marketing Apprenticeship course provides various modules incorporating Agile working and knowledge of IT systems and platforms as well as creative thinking, data evaluation and reporting. Our property courses, cover procurement, management, social and private housing, maintenance enabling learners to transfer skills across the sector or departments.  Apprenticeships courses range from Entry Level to Master Degree so are suitable for all levels from Entry to Senior Management.

If you have key staff that you would like to develop, then you could consider placing them on an Apprenticeship course.  Anyone can upskill using apprenticeship funding; this is part of the Government's commitment to lifelong learning investment in skills. Courses are 95% funded by the Government.

The Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart scheme another great way to add new talent to your workforce fully paid by the Government.
In an article by the Huffing Post - University to Universal Credit,  figures from the Department of Work and Pensions reveal that in July there were 71,208 16- to 24-year-olds receiving their first Universal Credit payment – 80% higher than the 39,655 starting on Universal Credit in July 2019.
All in all, there were 725,000 people aged 20 to 24 receiving Universal Credit – a year-on-year increase of almost 420,000. 
Kickstart and Apprenticeships differ. A quick overview is below:
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24-year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

However, if you have less than 30 placements, you will need to go through a gateway or intermediary who will manage the process for you.  There is training that must be provided, including Job Search, CV writing and interview skills, as well as soft skills such as timekeeping and time management. More detail can be found here.
Apprenticeships are for a minimum of 12 months and 30 hours per week. The apprentice wage is currently £4.15 minimum per hour. An apprentice can be any age, and there is funding available of up to £3000 for new apprentices' dependant on age.
Whether you wish to employ a new Apprentice, Kickstarter or Upskill your team with transferable skills, Aspire to Learn can help so please get in touch here or call us on 0208 989 9832


10 Nov 2020