Learning at work week

Published 20th May 2021

Learning at Work Week is a unique annual event to build learning cultures at work. It aims to put a spotlight on the importance and benefits of continual learning and development.

Learning and development has certainly had its challenges throughout the period of the pandemic. However many businesses have utilised the technology available to provide remote learning and some will now combine this method ongoing. 

Some of our trainees previously travelled to Manchester for study, this is now provided virtually and ongoing  they will be given an option.

Lets talk Apprentices

Hiring an apprentice is a great way to add to your workforce, they are suitable for any level so you can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee in order to grow their talent.

An apprentice must be:

Your apprentice must undertake both on-the-job training and a minimum of 20% of their working hours as off-the-job training. You can partner up with a training provider to ensure that your apprentice receives the training that they require.

Funding is available from the government to help pay for your apprenticeship training. The amount of funding that you could receive will depend on the number of employees that you have and whether you are due to pay the apprenticeship levy, however, you could receive as much as 100% of the training costs for some apprentices.

Incentive payments of £3,000 are also available for employers who hire a new apprentice of any age, this incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 payment employers already receive for hiring an apprentice.

At Pierce we are proud to support Lancashire Careers. Lisa Kennery, Director,  is an enterprise advisor working with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School to develop effective employer engagement strategies and plans.

North Lancs Training Group have supported us when recruiting apprentices. Their support is invaluable. They offer a wide range of apprenticeships. 

If you would like more information on hiring an apprentice please contact North Lancs Training Group on 01254 395355.

Emily Phelan

The view of our apprentice

Working as an apprentice has given me the opportunity to learn payroll whilst having access to professional support; such as working alongside experienced payrollers and being able to learn from real life examples. It has given me the space and time to grow within the job as I am not expected to know everything, therefore, I can feel confident in making progress one step at a time. My colleagues have all been supportive by helping me and taking time out to help with my training when they can.

Working as an apprentice has also given me the opportunity to gain qualifications, such as my Business Admin course, whilst learning the job. As well as being an amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge and gain a new qualification, this has been beneficial as I have been able to apply the things I’ve learnt in my course to my job, and vice versa.

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