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School Leavers and Apprentices


Both Covid and Brexit have fundamentally changed ways of working and with a diminishing labour supply, the government has regenerated its apprenticeship scheme and budgeted for up to 100,000 new apprenticeship hires. To ensure survival, it is crucial that employers understand the advantages of employing school leavers as apprentices. Employers should also know how to maximise retention through communication and long-term planning.

The programme content can be adapted to meet your specific organisational challenges and training needs. The course runs for approximately 6.5 hours and can be adapted for a briefing or half-day session. 

This training programme provides practical solutions to recruitment issues faced by employers in these uncertain and unparalleled times.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Be aware of the latest policies regarding apprenticeships and funding.
  • Understand how to attract young people in schools and colleges.
  • Have innovative solutions ready to use in day-to-day situations.

Course overview

The latest government policy - apprenticeship funding rules and guidance for levy-paying employers; apprenticeship funding rules for training providers; grey areas of the levy; implications post-Brexit; implications post-COVID

Why employ apprentices – Changing the general perception of apprenticeships in business; overcoming business views on academic selection; what do the most successful workplace learning programmes have in common; maximising return on investment in apprentices; the role of leaders – key areas to concentrate on to build effective knowledge transfer; becoming an employer of choice - where apprenticeships enhance your D&I recruitment strategy; the advantages of employing school leavers as apprentices;

The legal considerations - statutory rights of apprentices during employment; understanding the legal rights around support and dismissal of apprentices; understanding the current and future recruitment landscape.

Recruiting school leavers and apprentices - how to appeal to young people in schools and colleges; supporting social mobility in your organisation; what do apprentices expect from employers and how to reflect those needs when recruiting; creating apprenticeship programmes that meet industry needs; identifying employers’ needs and planning accordingly; how to ensure the programme suits the needs of both the business and the apprentice; recruitment – strengths-based interviewing; the role of senior leaders; effective training for apprentices in customer service roles; effective recruitment strategies for accessing untapped talent; how to maximise the employability of school leavers – what changes need to be made; how and by whom will training programmes be regulated?

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Click here to fill in our enquiry form or to have a confidential discussion about your requirements, please contact Catherine Ouston our Head of In-house Training on 01983 861133 or email

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