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Help with setting up an apprenticeship

Here are some useful toolkits outlining step-by-step guidance to support care organisations to become apprentice ready together with some helpful tips.

Toolkits to help set up an apprenticeship

  • Future Apprenticeship toolkit. This toolkit shares effective practice and models to support you implement apprentices onto apprenticeship programmes in your organisation
  • Calderdale Framework: The Calderdale framework is a workforce planning tool which outlines the key stages for effective workforce redesign and implementation.  
  • Think Future: The Think Future toolkits outline how to go about recruiting younger people into your organisation.


Helpful tips

  • Find a reputable right training provider registered with SFA. 
  • Make sure the apprenticeship programme on offer is on the apprenticeship framework /standard
  • Discuss your training requirements with your chosen training provider
  • Make sure content of the programmes is appropriate for your organisation’s workforce requirements
  • Negotiate costs, method of on-programme delivery, learner support and length of programme 
  • Put a learning agreement/contract in place outlining agreed costs, method of payment, timeframes, delivery, support, process and expectation if programme not delivered in accordance to the agreement/non-completion of apprenticeship

Apprenticeship setup checklist

  • Getting buy-in – Engage with both staff and management and develop a business case setting out how your organisation can benefit from apprenticeships
  • Agree what your organisation requires from apprenticeship, develop the appropriate policies, staffing structures, and the terms and conditions for apprentices
  • Identify the cost and explore how the levy can support this
  • Find the right types and levels of apprenticeship and find a training provider 
  • Develop a marketing plan to attract and recruit the right apprentices
  • Develop appropriate support for apprentices within the workplace

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