Do you want to boost your ability to retain your best talent? Learning and development is a systematic process to enhance an employee's skills, knowledge, and competency, resulting in better performance in a work setting. Investment in learning and development encourages staff to stay. 
All learners on an apprenticeship are entitled to time for off the job training, to support their qualification. This is an area that can cause real confusion for employers and learners. What does Off the job training even mean? How will we fit this in around the demands of the role? 
Let’s try to explain how it works. 
We know that many people have questions or thoughts when they see the word ‘apprenticeship’. 
What exactly is an apprenticeship these days? 
I don’t work with a particular trade or profession so how are they useful to me? 
We aren’t looking for new staff at the moment. 
I’m over 18, how can I be an apprentice? 
I’ve got a degree, so I wouldn’t be interested in an apprenticeship 
If you’ve had a thought similar to this, read on. We hope we can answer some questions you may have in this blog. 
What is a Training Needs Assessment? 
Training Assessment (sometimes called Training Needs Analysis or TNA) is the process of identifying the gap in employee training and related training needs. TNA is used to identify performance requirements and the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to achieve the requirements of the role. When setting up an apprenticeship, accurate TNA allows you to identify the learning areas that support the employer to plan meaningful off the job training and the provider to develop an appropriate training plan. 
The Apprentice Minimum Wage is set to rise on 1st of April 2023, from £4.81 to £5.28 per hour. At Fareport, we believe that employers should look beyond this if they want to recruit and retain the best apprentices. 
Seems simple, doesn’t it? There are a wide range of reasons that some apprentices leave their programme early or fail to complete. Through working with thousands of apprentices we know that an effective partnership between the training provider and the line manager can mean the difference between success and failure. 
Why is Time Management important? 
It is good for you and your health. Remember…work life balance is key! Practising good time management skills results in higher levels of productivity, more energy, less stress, the ability to get things done, positive relationships, and increased self-esteem. 
If you are in the office for eight hours of the day how much time do you spend working on those important projects or tasks vital to your role? How do you achieve more by making those hours work for you? 
Are you always busy but never seem to get to the end of the list? 
Have you started an apprenticeship or are supporting an apprentice? Do you have new responsibility or a change of workload? Are you having a tough week? – You need to talk! 
This week is National Conversation Week, and this year it is focused on the inquisitive side of conversation, the one that helps us gain an understanding of the world around us – asking questions. 
Last month was Stress Awareness Month and this month follows with Mental Health Awareness Week (9th - 15th May 2022). 
Did you know that loneliness has a huge impact on our physical and mental health? This Mental Health Awareness Week we want to tackle the epidemic of loneliness. 
Maths is a huge barrier for a lot of our learners and can stop learners completing their apprenticeship. But why is this? We explore how your past experience can affect your learning, and how to overcome these barriers. 
Apprenticeships have many benefits to the apprentices and employers who use them. Some of these you might not be aware of when you first start a programme. Read more below about the impact on loyalty, morale, productivity, confidence and soft skills. 
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