Our city’s employment agenda received a huge boost last month, in the form of £4.6m funding for apprenticeships.
It was reported that the Leeds City Region Partnership hopes to generate 2,500 new apprenticeships across Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale, York, Barnsley and North Yorkshire, by 2015. And further afield, the UK’s support for apprenticeships is really gathering pace.
Employers of all sizes are being encouraged to offer apprenticeships in a bid to tackle the country’s youth unemployment problems and provide candidates with more relevant work-based skills. Yet many organisations fear the apprenticeships route because of perceived costs and risks.
But are these concerns founded, and if so, what can Cascade do to help alleviate your worries?
As you may know, our intuitive software has been designed to remove the administrative burden associated with many HR, business and management processes and procedures. And streamlining the apprenticeships process is no different. For example:
Cascade can manage the ensuing recruitment process too, inviting shortlisted candidates to interview and ensuring they receive all relevant associated correspondence. When the best candidate has been chosen, they can be automatically converted to HR. This means the details that the individual has personally inputted are transferred across thus minimising the data inputting requirement for HR.
Once courses are completed, Cascade can automatically update the employee’s skill set and store evolving skills and competencies. This clearly illustrates what jobs the individual is equipped to do as their apprenticeship evolves. This insight is also incredibly valuable when it comes to the completion of the apprenticeship – it helps to determine if there is a suitable permanent role for the employee.
In truth these examples only touch the tip of the iceberg. Apprenticeships can be complex, but with the right tools at hand to effectively manage the process, it quickly becomes evident that apprenticeships need not be the costly burden that many companies understandably fear.
As you can see at Cascade we are very supportive of apprenticeships, so much so that we’ve even taken on some of our own – /apprentices-youre-hired/!
To speak to a member of the Cascade team about how our software can help, please contact us on 0113 255 4115 or email email@example.com.