What our employers say...
Higher Apprenticeship in Management and Leadership (level 5)
When Henley College approached us about the new Employer Levy, we were interested in finding out more and attended an informative breakfast meeting at the college which answered a lot of our unanswered questions. We were keen to work with one provider that could offer all qualifications that we may want to offer our staff. Henley College could do this and reassured us that we would be allocated a personal account manager to manage our levy.
After an engaging consultation with Henley, they helped us match job roles to apprenticeships and we clearly saw that the Higher Apprenticeship in Management and Leadership (level 5) pitched to our middle managers would be of most benefit to our organisation. As group recruitment and talent acquisition manager, part of my role encompasses developing employee engagement strategies to retain talent. I see this apprenticeship as being pivotal in achieving this
Before committing to spending our levy with Henley College, I signed myself and two colleagues onto the course to ‘test the water’. We have been impressed with the course from day one. The facilities are great and lunch and refreshments were provided throughout the day. Alan, the trainer is very experienced and gave us a safe space to discuss the challenges we face in the workplace and sharing with others has been invaluable. We were each allocated a designated assessor to take us through the practical part of the course who have guided and supported us every step of the way. We look forward to rolling this offer out to the rest of our organisation in the coming months. Personally, I have really enjoyed the course content, training and delivery and feel I have taken a great deal out of the course.
Group Recruitment and Talent Acquisition Manager
Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships in Supporting Teaching and Learning
Woodley C of E Primary School employed apprentices initially because we wanted to give a young person an opportunity to work with us and remain in education at the same time. Due to the financial commitment required and the grant available, we were able to employ someone full time which we would not otherwise have been able to do.
Since then we have consistently employed apprentices in the school, sometimes 2 and sometimes just the 1, for the past 5 years. Three of our apprentices have stayed with us for more than one year progressing on to the Advanced Apprenticeship. We have also retained one apprentice who applied for a full time role and is now a fully qualified TA and has been with us for 4 years.
We feel it has benefited the school by allowing us to 'grow our own'. We have been able to train the young people to work to our high standards providing an effective educational experience for our children. It has given the apprentices a chance to develop and grow in a working environment with the protection and guidance of their school mentor. The Henley College assessor has been able to advise and support them as they progress through their course. Our success rate has been high and all of our apprentices have been able to secure positions in employment once their placement with us is complete.
School Business Manager
Woodley C of E Primary School