People who are not learning will leave

Posted: Friday, 24 November 2023 @ 14:10

According to a study by LinkedIn, three of the top five factors people consider when seeking a new job reflect their desire to stretch, grow and develop new skills.

The factors:

#1 Compensation and benefits

#2 Flexibility

#3 Challenging and impactful work

#4 Opportunities to grow within the company

#5 Opportunities to learn and develop new skills

These priorities align with organisations' desire to become more agile in 2024, with large scale upskilling and reskilling programmes to build competitive capabilities becoming a top priority for learning & development departments.

Career advancement does not have to mean promotion and the opportunity for people to develop new skills and excel within their own role boosts staff motivation and productivity, making employees feel valued, which in turn reduces employee turnover.

Intec partner with industry leading awarding bodies so that our learners achieve the career development they are seeking through their programme. Through our Project Management Apprenticeship, learners not only achieve a recognised apprenticeship standard but also gain Associate Membership to APM (Association of Project Management). Similarly, our Leadership & Management programmes offer a route to Chartered Manager Status. By offering these in demand accreditations, our learners are motivated to succeed. In providing and promoting upskilling programmes aligned to business needs and employee career goals, learning & development teams can create a pipeline of talent to match opportunities.

Apprenticeships provide a cost-effective way of supporting high impact professional development. Training can be paid for through the Apprenticeship Levy (a Levy for organisations with wage bills over £3million per annum). SME’s seeking to roll out apprenticeships to both existing staff and new recruits can access 95% or 100% government funding to cover the cost of apprenticeship training.

Completing an apprenticeship has advantages over standalone professional qualifications such as certificates and diplomas, which benefit  both the learner and employer. Professional qualifications are focussed on providing enhanced understanding and knowledge. Apprenticeships are vocational so by contrast assess success on learners' knowledge, skills and behaviours. Unlike professional qualifications, apprenticeships require the learner to demonstrate what they have learnt in practice rather than just understanding it.

Upskilling and reskilling through apprenticeship programmes enhances the onboarding process and is proven to boost retention and develop new skills within the workforce, increasing organisation's ability to be flexible and thus competitive. Hence why apprenticeships should be a top priority for businesses in 2024. 

To find out more about apprenticeships and our professional development programmes contact us today or call 0808 100 1155 to speak to one of our team.