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How to get the most out of apprenticeships – guide for employers

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June 26, 2020 | SMC Admin


Apprenticeships are not only a useful way for individuals from less advantaged backgrounds to show their true potential, they are also a golden opportunity for you, as an employer, to nurture talent that is tailored to the needs of your business.

Research shows that 43% of businesses with more a diverse workforce have higher profits – and apprenticeships are the cornerstone to reaching that talent early.​

 

Following yesterday’s blog – why hiring diverse talent is smart business – looking at the resources made available to you by the Social Mobility Commission, we have published new guidance, which highlights the four key questions you should ask to ensure you are tapping into a diverse talent pool:

  1. Are you recruiting for diversity of socio-economic backgrounds?
  2. Are you supporting your apprentices?
  3. Are you maximising your investment in apprenticeships?
  4. How are you supporting your community and your supply chain?

The guidance delves into these questions in more detail and will give you practical and cost-effective ideas on how to make your apprenticeship programme shine.

Please also look out for the recording of our employers’ webinar, which took place yesterday, and will shortly be published in the News & Events section.

Read the guidance here

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21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper:

13/04/2021

Join us on 21 April for the launch event on our upcoming research paper: ‘Navigating the labyrinth’ – a comprehensive study on how socio-economic background shapes career #progression within the Civil Service, with key learnings for employers. Sign up to attend here ➡ https://lnkd.in/dUJ46Yr

Led by our Commissioner, Sam Freidman, the report sparks discussion about the unwritten rules to progression. It’s an example of the UK Civil Service taking the lead on #SocialMobility; acknowledging what more needs to be done and showing others how they can follow suit.

At the #LaunchEvent we’ll discuss the findings of the report and what it means for social mobility.

The event will be chaired by Sandra M Wallace, interim Co-Chair, Social Mobility Commission. Joining her on the #panel is:

• Professor Sam Freidman, Social Mobility Commission
• Nik Miller, Bridge Group
• Louise Ashley, Royal Holloway, University of London
• Dr Dave O’Brien, The University of Edinburgh
• Bernadette Kelly, Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom and Social Mobility Champion in the Civil Service
• Alex Thomas, Institute for Government

See you there!

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