Working with education providers


By Adrian Grove, Business Development Director, Qube Learning

As we move into 2020, business owners should be open to the idea of re-badging existing and future employment vacancies as Traineeship or Apprenticeship vacancies, in an effort to attract young talent with fresh ideas and enthusiasm. By offering these programmes, the recruitment process can focus more on a candidate’s potential and will allow for opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge outside of the basic employed role.

For example, at entry-level, a traineeship is a great way of introducing young people to a particular business sector. This work placement programme is aimed at 16-24-year olds who may not yet have some desired workplace skills and experience; they gain these skills during the programme and learn how to apply them at work, with progression routes including employment or an apprenticeship.

When businesses and training providers collaborate, it ensures that there is better understanding of which skills are required in the modern world of work. Many employers believe that soft skills are often lacking when they interview candidates for roles within their business, but with the introduction of T-Levels in September 2020, students can now be offered a mixture of classes and ‘on-the-job’ experience within an industry placement of at least 315 hours. This provides the knowledge and experience needed to move into skilled employment, further study, or a higher apprenticeship, with all the required skills, knowledge and behaviours.

It’s also important to remember that often businesses can access government funding and incentives to enable them to recruit an apprentice into their organisation. This is an effective way to recruit new staff and there is clear evidence that employees who join a business through an apprenticeship stay loyal to that business longer than those employees who do not.

Alongside these government-funded programmes, many providers now offer smaller bitesize development programmes that can be delivered remotely through e-learning. Qube Learning has recently launched its ‘Vision’ platform, which features a range of short courses that have been developed to complement more traditional training programmes and are ideal to upskill employees. This is of great benefit since Qube has seen increased demand from employers for leadership and management programmes, primarily due to the rise of the ‘accidental manager’ who has found themselves promoted into a more senior role but without the necessary skillset to manage their teams.

For more information on how introducing Traineeships, Apprenticeships and eLearning could benefit your team and business, please visit or email

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