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Blog: Apprenticeships offering a solution


The current education system is failing to provide the skills required by employers in a range of sectors including engineering, IT, digital, healthcare and facilities management sectors to name but a few.

To address this deficit, the government committed to creating three million new apprenticeships by 2020, paid for in part by the new Apprenticeship Levy introduced in April this year.

Under this scheme, employers with a wage bill of £3m or more must commit 0.5 per cent to help fund the initiative, with the government topping this up by 10 per cent.

Now research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) points to increases in numbers of apprenticeships already – some 4,600 more than last year – but persuading young people is still a challenge.

A range of providers including Jigsaw Training offer learning at this level along with advice for employers about the levy scheme and how to best use it for maximum benefit.

We believe this initiative should be supported wherever possible. It makes sense, offering young people an alternative to university while they earn and make their way in a career.

The mix of skills and job types also offers diverse opportunities and enables employers to add to their graduate recruitment schemes to meet their own specific objectives.

Ultimately, it means young people have further options and that has to be a step in the right direction as we strive to find those much-needed skills desperately required by employers.


Blog: Why we need higher level apprenticeships


The awareness of young people to the opportunities presented by apprenticeships is still low, with their parents equally unaware of what they can offer.

A recent survey of more than 1,000 parents found that only one in five had any knowledge of degree apprenticeships, and this fell to one in 10 in lower socio-economic groups.

The truth is that many of the new higher level or degree apprenticeship programmes in many of the professional disciplines offer students paid roles while they work and learn, with many of them reaching a more senior job role than their university counterparts. The commitment by the employer means the investment is also covered by the Apprenticeship Levy fees for tuition.

There needs to be increased information for parents, teachers and careers advisors throughout the process in driving these programmes forward in key areas including business, technology, engineering, hospitality and healthcare.

There is a danger in the stigma still attached to apprenticeships of lower pay, fewer prospects and a second-class qualification. None of this is now the case.

In our experience, apprenticeships give young people an earlier taste of reality, pave a career path and provide a structure for growth earlier rather than later.

The higher education profession also has a duty to raise the awareness of apprenticeships and their benefits and as fees have risen this is surely an option worthy of consideration rather than a second-thought because of financial pressures.

DWF managers go into training with Jigsaw


International legal business DWF is taking up a new government learning initiative by delivering enhanced training to a number of its managers in facilities management.

Specialist provider Jigsaw Training is working with 17 people from across DWF’s UK offices in the Facilities Management Supervisor Level 3 course, as part of the new Apprenticeship Levy scheme.

The 21-month course, delivered from DWF’s Manchester hub, provides additional skills training in areas including managing contractors, procurement, building maintenance, health and safety, project management and budgeting.

DWF has a long-standing commitment to its apprenticeship scheme, offering a range of legal and non-legal apprenticeships across its UK locations, and this is the second year that the business has started an intake of apprentices specifically across its facilities teams.

Karl Warmbold, Director of Facilities and Property at DWF, said: “Jigsaw Training left us in no doubt that it has the necessary experience and resources to offer our people the very best training in this field, and we very much look forward to working closely with them. Our people are already enthused about the benefits this will bring them.”

James Blackhurst, managing director of Jigsaw Training, said: “The team at DWF will benefit from enhanced training in these core areas to enable them to progress in their roles. We look forward to seeing the outcomes.”

Jigsaw Training is a total training solutions company providing the complete package from training needs analysis through to the design, administration, delivery, management and evaluation of all programmes.

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Notes to Editors:
Jigsaw Training is a total training solutions company providing the complete package from training needs analysis through to the design, administration, delivery, management and evaluation of all programmes.

As an approved centre with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), City & Guilds, Edexcel and NOCN, Jigsaw Training is required to be audited for quality and good practice on a continuous basis.

It offers security and cleaning vocational qualifications delivered as work based learning. The company delivers consultancy to blue chip companies, small to medium enterprises and individuals alike. Contact: tel 01772 430004 or e-mail
DWF is one of the UK’s largest legal businesses and has an award-winning reputation for client service excellence and effective operational management. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative law firms and has been independently ranked first of all top 20 law firms for the quality of its legal advice, and joint first of all national law firms for its service delivery and responsiveness.
Employing over 2,100 people across 18 locations, the firm has core strengths in corporate and banking, insurance, real estate and litigation, and in-depth industry expertise in several chosen sectors including central and local government, energy and industrials, financial services, retail, food and hospitality, technology and transport.

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