A South West apprenticeship provider is ‘raising the bar’ when it comes to training provision with the launch of new higher level qualifications.
Skills Group has announced new Level 4 and 5 apprenticeships across a range of career sectors so that apprentices can continue their training into managerial and supervisory roles while getting real-world experiences.
Skills Group is introducing the higher level apprenticeships after consulting with their employers. Qualifications will be available in advanced hairdressing and barbering techniques, advanced manufacturing, business management, construction and site supervision, health care and play work leadership, primary school and PE leadership, and sport and recreation management.
Mark Boulting, managing director of Skills Group, said traditional perceptions that apprenticeships were for trades people were slowly changing with training in higher professional qualifications now being offered.
“Unfortunately there is still a stigma attached to the word apprenticeships that leaves people falsely believing that they are just for traditional careers,” said Mr Boulting.
“However the tide is turning and the reality is that higher level apprenticeships are now being offered in a range of sectors for those wanting to move up the career ladder and into management and supervisory roles.
“We’ve had employers approach us wanting to give their staff the next step-up the ladder or move into first line management and we’ve reacted to that by launching a range of Level 4 and 5 apprenticeships. Skills Group is raising the bar in training provision across the South West.”
Among those about to take up the new qualifications is Cheryl Reuben who, having been in the lettings industry for nine years, was ready to step up her managerial qualifications.
Cheryl is area manager for Lang Town and Country Lettings and is about to start her Level 4 in Business Management, having recently completed her Level 3. The 30-year-old completed her studies while working full-time and being mum to her three-year-old daughter.
Cheryl said: “Level 3 covered things I was already doing in my job but that I did not have formal qualifications in.
“It was really interesting and there were lots of things I took from it that I can use in day-to- day management – such as project management and planning, problem solving and dealing with staff issues. I was able to pick out units that were relevant to what I do.
“I did it alongside working full-time, either staying behind in the evenings or coming in earlier in the mornings, and I’m also mum to a three-year-old, so it was busy, but well worth it. I’m now ready to progress to Level 4 to progress even further.”