Seven care sector apprenticeship employers have embraced National Apprenticeship Week 2017 and demonstrated their commitment through a series of apprenticeship pledges. The employer pledges have been shared as part of a promotional drive by Lifetime Training to celebrate all that apprenticeships offer to businesses, and their employees, in England.
Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Robert Halfon, said:
“National Apprenticeship Week is the highlight of the apprenticeships year – it showcases the best of the best and celebrates the positive impact apprenticeships and traineeships have on learners and employers.
“There really has never been a better time to be an apprentice. I congratulate Lifetime Training for getting involved, giving people a chance to climb up the career ladder and get on in the world of work.”
One of the largest community-based social care providers in the UK, City and County Healthcare Group, has been running apprenticeships with Lifetime for almost four years. They pledged: “We pledge to deliver 500 apprentices in care and leadership.”
Max Wurr, Director of Policy and Communications, City & County Healthcare Group explained:
“We feel it’s important to offer our employees, who provide in-home care across the country, with opportunities to develop their skills and confidence through apprenticeships. We are proud to support National Apprenticeship Week 2017 as it is a great time to celebrate the achievements of not only our apprentices, but apprentices everywhere.”
Advance has been working together with Lifetime since 2016 and agreed to: “Support our learners to be the best they can be.” Advance has taken this a step further and shared a short film on YouTube demonstrating just how committed they are to apprentices and their apprenticeship programme.
Apprenticeship pledges range from simply demonstrating support for apprenticeship training to committing to volume sign-ups:
“We pledge 240 apprenticeship starts between April 2017 – April 2018 and we will recruit 8 new apprentices.” – Dimensions
“We pledge to deliver 500 apprentices in care and leadership.” – City and County Healthcare Group
“We pledge to deliver all training needed by our staff, without being constrained by the monies in our levy pot.” – Graham Care
“Supporting apprentice carers to achieve their aspirations with HC-One.” – HC One
“To support all our apprentices.” – Eden Futures
“Support our learners to be the best they can be.” – Advance
“To ensure we continually discuss, champion and promote apprenticeships with all our staff and to celebrate our staff successes and completions throughout 2017.” – Hartford Care
Alex Khan, CEO at Lifetime Training, commented:
“With employers now firmly in the apprenticeship driving seat, following apprenticeship reform, it makes sense for employers to join the government in demonstrating their commitment to apprenticeships and upskilling the workforce of the future.”
In addition to the employer pledges, Lifetime engaged with apprentices and to date has generated over 1000 photo and video career goal ‘selfies’ to mark the week.
To find out more about bespoke Lifetime Training workforce skills development programmes visit www.lifetimetraining.co.uk.