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Catch22 celebrates National Apprenticeship Week

Asi Panditharatna, Director of Apprenticeships and Employability, reflects on a successful year of apprenticeships at Catch22 and invites employers to Catch22's National Apprenticeship Week event.

24 February 2017

I’m looking forward to National Apprenticeship Week, which this year falls on the 6-10th March. It’s always a good time to take stock and think about the year we’ve just had training and supporting our committed apprentices and employers; what we’ve achieved and how far apprenticeships have come. The theme for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is ‘Ladder of Success’. Run well, apprenticeships will provide a ladder of success, not just for the learner, but for the employer.

High profile

Catch22’s apprenticeship team has had another positive year. In 2016 we supported 735 apprentices, with our overall achievement (78%) and timely rates (71%) improving on the previous year. We are building on our Ofsted Good rating and working very hard to become an outstanding provider. We are on a journey and have continued to enhance what we are doing and making those important incremental improvements in our delivery that is benefiting our learners and employers, from larger corporates to micro enterprises, across a range of sectors.

It’s fair to say that apprenticeships have never been higher on the agenda than today. The Levy (and confusion around the Levy) and also change to Standards is driving this: a quick search of Google trends shows a steep spike in searches for both ‘apprenticeship providers’ and ‘apprenticeship levy’ over the past three months.  However we should not forget those employers who will be non levy payers, often SMEs (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises), the lifeblood of our economy, who will want assurance that they will have their training and development needs met.

This focus means that I’m spending a lot of time talking to employers about apprenticeships. Three questions come up again and again:

  1. what is the apprenticeship levy and the wider reforms, and how will it affect my business or organisation?
  1. how can I get the most out of employing an apprentice?
  1. how can Catch22 customise the apprenticeship training to the requirements of my business or organisation?

The answers – at our event

We’ll answer these questions at a National Apprenticeship Week event we’re hosting with Barclays on 10th March. Please join us to learn from those employers who have been there and done that – and celebrate the learners who are making a tangible difference to their employers in so many different ways. For more information and to register, visit our Catch22 Apprenticeships and Employability Awards Eventbrite page.

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