Watson Martin extends HR Apprenticeship business to individuals from levy paying organisations

Leading HR and L&D training specialists Watson Martin today announced it will be extending its successful HR Apprenticeships business to include individual apprentices from levy paying organisations this summer.

The move is in response to demand from organisations which have HR apprentices to train but not in sufficient numbers to support a full cohort of ten people or more, Watson Martin’s current criteria for an in-house programme.

By opening up the business to include individuals, Watson Martin hopes that more companies than ever before will be able to make use of their Apprenticeship levy to upskill their HR teams.

The public programme will kick off in central London on 19th July and is specifically designed to support individual employees and small groups who want to follow the HR Apprenticeship study route. Initially aimed at Level 5 HR apprentices, the scheme is likely to be extended to Level 3 candidates in both HR and L&D later this year.

As an RoATP provider since January 2018, Watson Martin is already delivering Levels 3 and 5 HR Apprenticeship programmes to cohorts from levy paying organisations and in collaboration with other training providers. The company offers an innovative blended learning approach that ensures the Apprenticeship programme meets the 20 per cent off-the-job learning requirement in the most effective way for the individual and the organisation.

With many employers citing the 20 per cent rule as the biggest barrier to Apprenticeship recruitment, Watson Martin hopes its new flexible public programme will appeal to companies that want to make use of their levy but don’t want large numbers of their HR teams out of the office at the same time.

“We know from our research that a key concern for employers is that their apprentices will spend    a lot of time away from the workplace,” explained Sharon White, Watson Martin’s Apprenticeship expert.

“While achieving competency at work does take time, Department for Education guidance makes it clear that the 20 per cent off-the-job training can be delivered flexibly, for example as part of each day, one day per week, one week out of five or as block release. Our blended learning approach, which is an integral part of the public Apprenticeship programme, takes this flexibility into account.  Individual HR apprentices will undertake some of their training in a classroom setting but much of it will be online or at their desk or workspace,” she added.

All HR apprentices can achieve a Level 5 CIPD Certificate or Diploma leading to Associate Membership as part of the public programme.  During the 18 months timeframe, apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings with an experienced personal adviser, attend a range of workshops and webinars, and have 24/7 access to Watson Martin’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Other features include pastoral support, workbooks written by subject matter experts, regular reviews and online access to an Apprenticeship community network. All aspects of the programme will be tracked, monitored and assessed via the leading Apprenticeship eportolio OneFile. An overview of a typical Level 5 HR Apprentice learner journey, is here.

To find out more about Watson Martin HR Apprenticeship programmes please contact our specialist advisers on 020 7932 2760 or email WM.info@watsonmartin.com