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Key Benefits

Shared Apprenticeships is a not-for-profit VCSE / Social Enterprise and specialist apprentice employer / FJAA contracted by CITB and authorised by the Department for Education in South-West England. We offer an easy-to-use service with future recruits to help address the skills shortage in the industry. Contact Us for details and read our Testimonials here.

Social impact

  • VCSE / Social Enterprise – a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a voluntary Board of Directors and no shareholders.
  • Qualitative outcomes – delivering across all 5 Themes of the Social Value Model and National TOMs Framework, all 7 KPIs of the Client Based Approach and 9 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Read more here.
  • Economic impact – school careers activities; local employment for young people; creating careers in construction; committed to completions.
  • Wellbeing & Innovation – dedicated mentor with Enhanced DBS, Prevent training, Safeguarding and Mental Health First Aid qualifications, also providing academic supervision.
  • Environmental impact – e.g., minimising carbon emissions. Read more here.
  • Helping to address inequality – able to focus on underrepresented groups. Read more here.
  • Widening participation – offering early-careers pathways and employing a wide variety of apprentices.
  • Retaining existing expertise – being responsible for a young apprentice can help to boost the loyalty of managers and supervisors at the host company.

Flexible options

  • Shared Apprenticeship Service – under contract from CITB, we can offer flexible contract periods to companies who cannot provide work for the full duration of an apprenticeship whilst ensuring that our apprentices can continue their apprenticeship course despite changes in the workplace.
  • Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency – authorised by the Department for Education to offer flexible contract periods to host companies. This has enabled us to create additional careers in construction and commit to more apprenticeship completions for our apprentices in South-West England.
  • Agile and adaptable – e.g., bespoke rates of apprentice pay and/or expenses.
  • Flexible start dates – we can usually arrange mid-year start dates with colleges and specialist training providers.
  • Other opportunities – Contact Us to discuss opportunities if you know someone who would benefit from a dedicated mentor and potentially academic supervision prior to starting an apprenticeship.

Easy-to-use service

  • Recruitment* – advertising, shortlisting and interviewing local candidates (*we are the employer).
  • Onboarding – arranging health and safety training, CSCS cards, induction, and PPE.
  • College – experienced at sourcing training and funds for training costs, in using the DAS account, and negotiating flexible start dates.
  • HR management – handling all HR, digital timesheets, interventions and any flexible working arrangements.
  • Finance – handling PAYE, NI and pension. Helping a small contractor / sole trader to take on an apprentice.
  • Safeguarding, guidance and mental health – dedicated mentor and Designated Safeguarding Lead.
  • Academic supervision – we work with colleges and specialist providers across the region to support our apprentices through to completion and onward progression. Read more here.
  • PR – able to reach key stakeholders across the region via our social media channels and apprentice awards. Read more here.
  • Careers activities – helping to raise aspirations and awareness of opportunities in the industry through apprenticeship fairs and careers events.  Read more here.
  • Quality service – e.g., clear lines of communication and named point of contact for all stakeholders.

Future recruits – Read more here.

  • Helping to address the skills shortage – supporting additional new entrants into the workforce.
  • Creating careers – enabling HR to consider a future Trainee alongside in-house recruitment.
  • Committed to completions – aiming to see our apprentices to completion and not to abandon at HNC.
  • Onward progression – steering our apprentices into full-time employment and/or a higher apprenticeship.
  • No recruitment fees – on completion of the apprenticeship.
  • Quality applicants – qualified, trained, CSCS cards and highly experienced in the workplace having also benefitted from, on average, two years of support from a dedicated mentor as well as academic supervision.
  • ED&I – we mentor and support those otherwise in a minority. Read more here.  Link to the new Next Gen & Diversity page