From sceptic to enthusiast, Learning and Development Manager Samantha Matchett’s relationship with apprenticeships has changed dramatically over the years. With 11 years of experience in L&D roles, Samantha currently manages all training and development at Lifetime Training. Here she shares her unique perspective of the shifting apprenticeship landscape, providing insights and tips to L&D Managers seeking to understand the apprenticeship landscape.
Tips for Learning and Development Managers
For Learning and Development Managers considering an Apprenticeship Programme: to be frank, you need to put “educational snobbery” to one side. Don’t underestimate the quality of today’s apprenticeships.
Think about what you want from an apprenticeship programme and how that ties in with your current learning and development provision, and consider how you can work with a provider to get flexibility within the programme so that it works for you and with your existing learning and development resources. It’s also worth mapping your training to apprenticeship standards to reinforce learning.
Finally, don’t abdicate all responsibility for the programme to your chosen apprenticeship provider; work with your learning and development team – and wider management team – to agree the goals of the programme. Relevancy is the key to success.