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Recruitment Apprenticeships Week

Wednesday, 01 October 2014
By: Skills CFA

Instructus Skills (Skills CFA) are happy to promote recruitment apprenticeships during this weeklong campaign. The recently launched Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Recruitment Resourcing completes Instructus Skills (Skills CFA) ’s recruitment apprenticeship suite, alongside the reputable Level 3 Advanced and Level 4 Higher Apprenticeships.

David Holland, Chief Executive, Instructus Skills, said: “The recruitment industry is one of the most rapidly growing employment sectors in the UK, with thousands of opportunities opening up every year.  That is why we have taken the time to shine the light on these apprenticeships. The level of interest and support we have received from employers and professional bodies on the recruitment apprenticeships, has given us huge confidence in their success. The coverage of the recruitment apprenticeships at Levels 2, 3 and 4 offers engagement at all levels, demonstrating the dedication of Instructus Skills to increase skills, education and professionalism within the Recruitment Industry”.

The recruitment and staffing sector is now worth over £24.7 billion per year and post-recession there is potential for further growth within the industry.  The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way of developing top-class talent in the recruitment industry and businesses in that sector are sure to benefit from the bright, hardworking, ambitious young people that the Higher Apprenticeship in Recruitment nurtures. The number of people choosing apprenticeships in London is now double what it was before 2010 and we hope to see even greater numbers signing up to this fantastic method of developing their career.”

The recruitment apprenticeships will attract new talent offering a clear career pathway, as well as invaluable opportunities to up-skill the existing workforce. 82% of employers use apprenticeships to build the skills capacity within their business, as they offer flexible entry routes to develop the skills and knowledge required for a competent workforce.

In particular, the Level 4 Higher apprenticeship is helping to support the need for higher level skills developed.

The future economy will be shaped around high-value and high skill activities. This means that employment now and in the future will require more highly skilled people in an increasingly competitive workplace. The Level 4 Recruitment apprenticeship, aims to address the current skills gap in the market. 

The apprenticeship has been developed with the support and help of the Recruitment Employment Confederation (REC), who first began discussing the idea of a Recruitment Apprenticeship with Instructus Skills in 2010. REC, and later the Institute of Recruiters (IOR), has provided the expertise and contact with the recruitment industry used to develop the apprenticeship, ensuring its content reflects the needs of the recruitment industry. The Recruitment Resourcing Intermediate pathway, which was added in July 2014, was proposed and developed by Skillsfirst, in partnership with Instructus Skills The recruitment apprenticeships have been widely supported by other professional bodies, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), edo, National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), My Apprenticeship+, learndirect, Outsource Training, Capital International Staffing and the Greater London Authority (GLA). 

Government funding is available to help companies take on an apprentice. Through the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) of 16 to 24 year olds, employers that choose to grow their business through apprenticeships can access funding of £1,500. The grant is open to organisations employing up to 1,000 people that have never employed an apprentice before or have not recruited one in the past 12 months.

For more information on the recruitment apprenticeships see our blog.

We will be promoting recruitment apprenticeships with a virtual campaign the week commencing 29th September.  If you would like to join our recruitment apprenticeship campaign please join us on LinkedIn or Tweet #recruitmentapprenticeships


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