Investors in People (IIP) are enhancing their globally recognised portfolio of people and HR accreditations with the launch of We invest in apprentices.
The accreditation has been developed to measure and ensure the consistent delivery of high-quality apprenticeships both here in Wales and across the UK.
The accreditation process delivers detailed quantitative and qualitative insights that enable companies to get the most out of their apprenticeship programmes and offer a structured working and learning environment to their apprentices.
Upon completion, successful organisations are awarded a Silver, Gold or Platinum level. They are also provided with an action plan designed to support the evolution of their apprenticeship strategy.
IIP has worked with many stake holders, including apprentice employers, apprentices and their families, training providers and policy makers, to create the framework.
IIP CEO Paul Devoy said that investing in people, and specifically apprentices, will help businesses thrive, fill skills gaps, and create loyal advocates for many years to come.
“We know that creating high-quality apprenticeship programmes is not easy, but with the help of We invest in apprentices, every organisation can get there.
“Gaining the accreditation enables employers to raise their profile, stand out from their competition and attract better talent,” he added.
Commenting on the launch, Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, Ken Skates said:
“Apprenticeships make a significant contribution to the lives of individuals, our businesses and the Welsh economy.
“The programmes apprentices embark upon are teaching them new skills, developing their knowledge and making a real difference to their future prospects, all whilst earning a wage.
“I am incredibly proud that the Welsh Government has already reached its target of creating 100,000 apprenticeships during this Senedd term.
“The ‘We invest in apprentices’ accreditation will encourage the delivery of high quality apprenticeships, helping individuals reach their potential and businesses gain the most from the apprenticeship programmes.”
As a part of the launch, IIP announced the first organisation in Wales to be successfully accredited against We invest in apprentices:
Y Prentis demonstrates high standards of apprenticeships and was one of only two organisations across the UK to achieve the highest level, Platinum.
Several other Welsh businesses and organisations, including Iceland Foods and Celsa Manufacturing, will be undergoing the assessment in coming weeks.
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