#NAW2018: Apprenticeship Bites


Welcome to our round up of bites to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week 2018

A new apprenticeship programme kicks off NAW 2018

National Apprenticeship Week 2018 was officially launched at the BBC– with the announcement of a new ground-breaking apprenticeship programme. The new apprenticeship programme based in London and Salford and has been designed to support 50 school leavers from socially diverse backgrounds, to apply for apprenticeships, developed with advice from the Sutton Trust. The programme will run from September 2018 to March 2020 and will prepare students for applications to apprenticeships in the BBC and wider creative sector - including the BBC Production, Digital Journalism and Broadcast Operations schemes which start in September 2020.  A second BBC programme, also announced today, will be based in Cardiff, Wales and will offer 10 full time, paid, pre-employment traineeships to high potential raw talent with the ambition to apply for 10 BBC Wales Journalism Apprenticeships. The programme will be supported by further opportunities for young people to attend BBC ‘Boot Camp’ training sessions and access to work experience placements.

Metro Bank to create 900 jobs

Metro Bank is set to increase its colleague base to almost 4,000 by creating 900 new jobs in 2018.  A key area of investment is its apprenticeship scheme, delivering apprenticeship training through its dedicated in-house facility, Metro Bank University, which has expanded to three campuses across London.  Craig Donaldson, CEO at Metro Bank said: “Metro Bank is a story of growth and opportunity. Since we opened our doors in 2010, we’ve created over 3,000 jobs and by the end of the year, we’ll have created another 900.”

Part time apprenticeship opportunities

A new report from Young Women’s Trust, Trust for London, flexibility experts Timewise and Learning and Work Institute reveals that potentially thousands of people are missing out on the opportunity to train because of a lack of part-time apprenticeship opportunities. Just one in ten apprentices are contracted for less than 30 hours per week.  However, polling undertaken by YouGov for Young Women’s Trust showed that more than half of employers (54%) would be willing to offer part-time apprenticeships, including 65% of those in the public sector. However, it was announced today (7th March) that ...

Virgin Media becomes the first UK company to launch part-time apprenticeship scheme

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of its apprenticeship programme, Virgin Media will become the first private company in the UK to launch a structured part-time apprenticeship scheme. The scheme is part of the company's drive to make apprenticeships more inclusive and diverse. Since the inception of the programme 839 apprenticeships have been completed by  employees.  The company already has around 200 apprentices working at a range of levels and in a range of departments all over the country.  Virgin Media plans to invest up to £4 million in apprenticeships, using the levy over the next two years to address skills shortages, improve workplace diversity and attract the broadest possible range of people into the telecommunications sector. 

First UK bank to offer Master’s Apprenticeship

Barclays has become the first UK bank to launch a Master’s Apprenticeship in Leadership.  The scheme, in partnership with Cranfield University, will see an initial intake of 30 Barclays employees study for an MSc in Business and Strategic Leadership.  The two-year scheme will allow candidates to gain a Master’s level qualification whilst working and earning, to help further their career, increase potential earning power and become future leaders within the business.

New HE Awards

The new annual awards programme has been created by CMI to recognise the higher education institutions that are making a difference to graduate employability through their partnership with CMI.  Winners included Anglia Ruskin University (HE Partner of the Year), Coventry University (Award for Outstanding Innovation and Delivery) and Universiti Utara Malaysia (International Award).  The awards also recognise the best management apprenticeship talent. CMI worked with a group of employers and universities to develop the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), which launched in November 2015. More than 30 universities now offer CMDA programmes. Manchester Metropolitan University CMDA Lucy Cheng was named Apprentice of the Year for her commitment to her apprenticeship at United Utilities.

BGL Group launches new Academy

BGL Group, a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, has announced the launch of the new BGL Academy. The academy will offer high-quality specialised career development, ranging from entry-level roles to post-graduate degree qualifications. A key element of the scheme will be a new apprenticeship programme which will see the Group create more than 200 apprentice roles across its sites over the next year.  Opportunities will range from Foundation level to Higher level apprenticeships, with different roles available ranging from data to HR and pricing.

Master’s degree management apprenticeships go ahead

Skills Minister Anne Milton has given final approval for the funding band for the new Master's degree apprenticeship in leadership and management, which means that it's now ready for delivery.  The Minister's approval signals that more than 900 executive-level apprentices, currently waiting in the wings, will be able to start their Master's degree apprenticeships. The Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship has been developed by a group of more than 30 employers led by Serco and Civil Service Learning, and supported by CMI. It offers a Master’s-level degree in management, which can include MBAs, and also gives learners the opportunity to gain Chartered Manager professional accreditation and fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute. CMI is the only chartered professional body for managers and leaders, counting more than 157,000 in its membership.

BMW Group launches UK manufacturing apprenticeship

Sixty apprenticeships are available at three BMW UK manufacturing sites in Oxford, Swindon and Hams Hall in a wide-range of roles including engineering, maintenance, logistics, IT and business.  The applications process opens at an exciting time for BMW Group, as it forges ahead with developments in electro-mobility and looks forward to the launch of a fully electric MINI in 2019.  The new recruits will join more than 150 apprentices already working across these three sites.  Depending on the programme, apprentice training leads to a Level Three Competency Qualification, while some young people will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career depending on their performance.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars - record number of apprenticeship places

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that a record number of places are available for the company’s 2018 Apprenticeship Programme. Since the programme was launched in 2006, over 140 people have joined the programme, with numbers progressively increasing with 2018 offering a record 24 candidates the opportunity to join the team at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex.    Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am delighted to announce the start of recruitment for this year’s Apprenticeship Programme. We are committed to developing future talent here at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and I am especially pleased that we will welcome a record number of new apprentices to the business in 2018.  This is a particularly exciting year to be joining Rolls-Royce, as we launch our new high-bodied vehicle, Cullinan.”

Construction apprentices will earn more than Uni students

A claim made by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Small building firms across the UK were asked what they pay their tradespeople and the average annual salaries ranged from Site Managers (£51,226), Roofers (£42,303); Electricians (£47,265) to Carpenters and joiners (£41,413).  The highest reported annual salary for bricklayers in London was £90,000 a year. However, the UK’s university graduates average salaries ranged from Pharmacists (£42,252); Midwives (£36,188); Physiotherapists (£32,065) to Nurses (£31,867).  Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said: “Money talks and when it comes to annual salaries, a career in construction trumps many university graduate roles. The average university graduate in England earns £32,000 a year whereas our latest research shows that your average bricky or roofer is earning £42,000 a year across the UK. In London, a bricklayer is commanding wages of up to £90,000 a year. Pursuing a career in construction is therefore becoming an increasingly savvy move.”

The Telegraph Apprenticeship Programme expands with 28 new recruits

The Telegraph has announced a record expansion in its scheme with the appointment of 28 new apprentices.  The two-year apprenticeships are across the organisation, from Editorial and Technology to Commercial and HR. The move builds on one of the company’s strategic pillars which is to create a diverse and inclusive workforce through investment in recruitment and career development.  As part of the recruitment process, The Telegraph partnered with Making the Leap to recruit four apprentices. The charity helps young people from a diverse range of backgrounds to develop the skills, behaviours and attitudes needed to succeed in the careers of their choosing.

Team GB team up with Aldi to promote apprenticeships

Aldi teamed up with Team GB’s Olympic heroes to help young people understand the benefits and career progression opportunities that come with apprenticeships.  The Olmpians, including gold medallists Matthew Langridge MBE and Crista Cullen MBE, visited UK schools alongside Aldi Area Managers.   Aldi is the UK’s 5th largest supermarket and has been making significant investment in the development and training of apprentices since 2012.  In 2018, Aldi is aiming to recruit at least one apprentice for each of its 767 stores across the UK, as well as more than 50 Logistics and Driver apprentices to support its regional distribution centres.

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Monday, 5 March 2018

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#NAW2018: Apprenticeship Bites