Recruiting young people into entry level roles, and progressing them through the various apprenticeship levels; which now progress through to degree / professional levels in many occupations.
Training existing staff who are not qualified in apprenticeship standards, ensuring they have the right skills to do the job, and providing progression routes for staff. This is particularly aimed at advanced / higher level technical apprenticeships where the UK is known to have a skills shortage.
Existing staff programmes can form part of the solution, but they need to be mapped against apprenticeship standards. As an example many internal management development programmes could be mapped to a Management Apprenticeship.
Managing all of this will be a complex business, and many organisations may choose to work with a specialist training business to manage the programme (including recruitment, audit, MIS, funding, inspection etc.)
Many businesses will not want the additional headcount and hassle that employing new apprenticeships would add to the business. Apprenticeships can be employed by an Apprenticeship Training Agency, who become the employer of the apprentices, and simply invoice the business for their services.
Where existing training programmes cannot be mapped to an existing apprenticeship standard, businesses may decide to create an Apprenticeship standard themselves.