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Developing skills for the future, overcoming misconceptions from the past

Published: 31.03.2020

We’re living in uncertain times, with businesses facing unprecedented levels of ambiguity. Organisations are having to navigate an ever-changing landscape, responding to developments and demands on a daily basis.

It falls to leadership teams and managers to steady and steer organisations in these difficult times. Businesses need to invest in management skills to survive and to ensure they’re resilient enough to overcome the many obstacles ahead.

However, is there a lingering stigma surrounding apprenticeships which is preventing mid- and senior-level employees from accessing funds which could be used to improve management and leadership skills? Research conducted by ILM suggests this could be the case; 58% of employers feel middle and senior managers would be unwilling to be seen as an apprentice1.

Gareth James, MD of COPA Apprenticeships: “The Government’s Industrial Strategy pointed to a need for businesses to invest in management and leadership skills.

“Contrary to the misconception apprenticeships are just for those school leavers choosing not to go to university, they’re open to people of any age, regardless of the industry or job role. They have a part to play in improving leadership skills across the UK.

“There are hundreds of apprenticeship standards available these days – from level 2 to level 7, or the equivalent of GCSE up to Masters. This means employers aren’t short of options for supporting their middle and senior managers to progress their careers.

“Time has come to shake off the misconceptions of the past. Apprenticeships are a great way for employees to develop the skills they need to play a part in helping businesses navigate the challenges which are undoubtedly ahead.”

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  1. https://www.i-l-m.com/news-and-events/news-and-blog/apprenticeships-stigmas
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COPA Apprenticeships is a trading name of North Wales Training, an independent training provider owned by Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (GLLM), one of the largest further education providers in the UK.