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Future proof your business by upskilling your staff while on furlough

Many businesses and their employees have been facing challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Government’s furlough scheme has been instrumental in helping to save jobs, but businesses can benefit even more from furlough.

Training Furloughed Employees

Training on furlough is allowed, employees who have been furloughed can continue to train or start a new programme as long as doing so does not provide services to, or generate revenue for, or on behalf of their company or a linked or associated company.
Training can be hugely beneficial to both businesses and employees in preparing for an eventual return to work in a changed economy.

Apprentices

Apprentices can placed on furlough in the same way as any employees. They are able to continue their training remotely as far as is feasible during this time. Employers should liaise with the apprentice’s training provider to discuss whether e-learning is available.

Future proof your business through your employees

The long term future of businesses will continue to depend on anticipation and planning. By acting now, and deciding to upskill or reskill your employees to meet future requirements of your business will mean that you utilise the time that is available to staff on furlough. It also can help with employee engagement, retention, keeping the company culture alive, and improving business performance once they are back to work.

Grants, funding and incentives 

The good news is that there are plenty of grants and funding available at the moment to help businesses to cover the cost of training and development of their staff – whether it would be an apprenticeship, NVQ, or short duration course.
If you are looking to recruit new staff, it’s worth thinking about taking on an Apprentice. The Government will provide incentive payments to employers who recruit apprentices from 1 August 2020 through to 31 March 2021.

Age of apprenticeIncentive before Covid-19Total paid to the employer with the new incentive scheme
16-18£1000£3,000 (£1000 + £2000)
19-24N/A£2000
25+N/A£1,500

We are here to help

We provide advice and guidance not only on training and development programmes including skills training, NVQs and apprenticeships but regarding available funding and grants. We will make sure that we find training programmes that suit your business and will help to secure the funding for it too.

To find out more about how we can support you get in touch with us here and we will get back to you.

Why invest in employee training and development

Henry Ford was credited with the quote “The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay.”  

Regardless of where this quote originates, it highlights the importance of investing in the training and development of your company’s most vital assets – your employees. 

Investing in training can present your business with many advantages, here are just a few; 

  1. Gain a competitive advantage – Well trained employees can put regularly updated knowledge, skills and experience to use by responding to changes in the market, ensuring long term company success in the process.
  2. Increase employee productivity and performance – ensure that each member of your workforce is carrying out their role as productively and effectively as possible by enabling them to enhance their knowledge, develop new skills and grow with regular training in their chosen field.  Providing employees with the knowledge to feel confident and skilled in their roles with regular training and development will result in improved performance.
  3. Boost morale in the workplace – boost morale amongst your staff with training.  Staff will feel like they belong to an organisation who cares about their career journey and is enabling them to progress.  Regular training and development will result in a more confident and happier workforce.
  4. Fill vital skills gaps –address any weaknesses or skills gaps identified in regular reviews with training and development to create a workforce that is constantly evolving alongside the scope of their role.
  5. Enable creativity – Receiving regular and up to date training will empower your staff with new knowledge and skills.  With the confidence that comes with feeling competent in their role, new innovative and creative ideas and practices can flow.
  6. Increased Employee Loyalty and Decreased TurnoverWhen a company invests in employee training and development, employees feel valued and appreciated. This makes them more loyal, and the more loyal your employees are, the more likely they are to both stay and to refer skilled friends and colleagues to work at the company. Plus, loyal employees are more engaged and motivated and require less supervision. 

Give us a call on 0330 088 9596 or email us at enquiries@geason.co.uk to discuss how we can help you to set up a training plan that best suits the needs of your business.

Higher Apprenticeships in Highways

Geason Training have been selected as the training provider for Nottingham City Council apprentices Grant Tuxford, Mark Roe, Russell Whiting and Kieren Gilbert  who recently began their high apprenticeship journey.

Russell is studying towards a Level 4 Construction Site Supervision – Civil Engineering Pathway Operations. The course is designed for operatives who are working in or progressing to a Site Foreman role.

Kieren, Mark and Grant are studying towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Occupational Work Supervision. The course is designed for both new and experienced operatives who are working in or progressing into a Road Foreman role.

Their apprenticeship training is made up of five key elements: An NVQ at level 3, BTEC or GQA extended diploma along with functional skills training, employment rights and responsibilities and personal learning and thinking skills. The service will work alongside Geason Training to support the apprentices throughout the programme which should take approximately 18 months to complete.

The Apprenticeship Levy has been used to fund the training so there is no extra cost to the Service area. Colleagues must be working to an approved apprenticeship standard for at least 12 months with a commitment to 20% of their work time spent on off the job training.

Peter Wells, Infrastructure Asset Manager for Nottingham City Council said

 “I am really pleased that Kieren, Mark, Grant and Russell have now enrolled onto their courses with Geason Training. I see Higher apprenticeships like this as the next phase for the Service and the first group has a big role to play in changing the current view of apprenticeships. They are no longer restricted to young people and new recruits.”

Trailblazer Ryan achieves a distinction in his apprenticeship

Hardworking apprentice Ryan Warren has embodied the spirit of ‘blazing a trail’ by completing his Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative apprenticeship before his end date and achieving a distinction.

Ryan, who has been an employee of Landmarc Support Services since January 2016, had a background in construction before gaining employment but never had the opportunity to gain formal qualifications which support the trade skills he had gained.  Keen to develop within his career and build on his existing industry experience, Ryan jumped at the chance to complete an apprenticeship with Geason Training – A Speedy Business.  With the support and encouragement of his colleagues, Ryan pursued a Level 2 apprenticeship in Property Maintenance.

During his apprenticeship, Ryan was seconded to the Maintenance team and grabbed the opportunity to learn from the maintenance technicians with both hands.  He was able to develop new skills from trades such as building, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and has also been involved in a maintenance repairs project.

Ryan’s line manager is particularly impressed with his achievement and the work he has put into developing his fabric maintenance abilities.

Following the support he received throughout his apprenticeship from his colleagues and Timothy Newsome, his trainer at Geason Training,  Ryan feels he has become a more well-rounded Property Maintenance Operative and able to undertake building fabric repairs.

Ryan commented,

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this journey. Apprenticeships really are a fantastic way to learn and I’m so proud that I managed to complete my course in the shortest time possible and achieve a distinction. I’m certainly putting my new skills into practice and have been asked to support a major project to refurbish one of our urban training areas. This will really help me to get some more experience so that I can continue to develop my career in this area.”

With learners at the heart of everything we do, we are always excited to offer support and guidance as our learners progress and develop throughout their career. Not one to rest on his laurels, Ryan has already embarked on the next stage of his learning journey by starting his second qualification – a Level 2 apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery.


 

Brand new addition to the Geason Training Family

We are delighted to introduce an exciting new addition to our team. She’s big, she’s bold, she’s fun and she’s so 21ST Century. “SHE” is our new mobile training centre and she hit the road last week, making her first appearance at our recent Interserve event in Birmingham. She’s the living embodiment of our business philosophy of constantly evolving to meet the needs of our learners and customers. She will take our flexible progressive training programmes to our learners’ place of work and make our growing range of Apprenticeship courses more fun, more engaging and much more convenient to attend. 

Our exciting new addition is fitted out with state of the art training facilities and hi-tech equipment to make the learning experience a real pleasure for everyone that attends. 

Look out for her as she travels the country and let us know if you would like to discuss how we can bring the learning experience to you.

0330 088 967 | opportunities@geason.co.uk

Want to know more about Degree Apprenticeship Standards?

Degree Apprenticeship programmes are a relatively-new but rapidly rising and evolving aspect of education within the UK. Degree Apprenticeships combine fully paid working along with part-time university study, with learners receiving at least an apprentice’s minimum wage. Embarking on a Degree Apprenticeship programme means that apprentices are full-time employed for one to six years, covering at least 30 hours of work per week – owning a full-time employment status as opposed to student status.

Apprentices that are undergoing Degree Apprenticeships participate in practical on-the-job training whilst also studying a paid-for Bachelors or Masters degree at with their training provider and partner university. Geason Training is offering Degree Appretniceships in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University. In order to complete this type of programme, the employer must arrange a flexible study method such as distance learning, block mode learning or blended learning. Our Degree-level Apprenticeship courses are co-designed by employers and the university to ensure apprentices graduate with vital and career-boosting industry skills along with the necessary academic knowledge required to progress forward in their area of work.

So, who can undergo a Degree-level Apprenticeship? Avoiding common false beliefs, anyone over the age of 16 years can complete a programme at this level. Degree Apprenticeships are primarily targeted at 18 to 19-year-old school leavers looking for an alternative route to gaining a degree – avoiding tuition fees and student debt. Degree Apprenticeships can also be used to up-skill existing staff that have competed the previous qualification required to move on to degree-level programmes.

With the Apprenticeship Levy, employers paying levy contributions will pay for the costs of Degree Apprenticeships from their digital account with a 10% ‘top-up’ from the government. Non-levy paying employers will receive 90% of the total training costs covered by the government.

Degree Apprenticeships assist in strengthening career prospects and give apprentices a higher advantage to go from craft/technical roles into management roles. Call our expert team today for advice on our degree apprenticeship programmes in construction on 0330 088 9596 for more information.