As part of a continual drive to engage employers, RNN Training has hosted a Construction and the Built Environment Employer Forum.
RNN Training discussed with attending construction employers, including Polypipe and Engie, how future apprenticeship delivery is being further tailored to always better provide apprentices the specific skills needed by a variety of employers.
Useful for employers whom may have never taken apprentices before, RNN Training explained how more comprehensive mentor support is being initiated including a short course, webinar and new mentor guide aimed at employers taking on new apprentices.
Attending employers were pleased to learn that site experience will continue to be highly-valued by RNN Training; live projects ran by RNN Group, such as the long-term restoration project at Thoresby Hall, were mentioned as available opportunities for apprentices to gain further hands-on training and a holistic skillset. This is aimed at rounding out learner knowledge to provide and effective package of apprentice-learnt skills sought as valuable assets by relevant employers.
Further points discussed included opening comprehensive pathways to Higher National Diploma learning and an effective Higher National Certificate delivery and the introduction of a thorough approach to tracking individual apprentice’s off-the-job training.
Dean Asher, Head of Technical and Customer Experience at Polypipe, was one of the construction employers attending the meeting.
Dean said: “I think this is a good opportunity to map out what this course is going to be like and how it’s going to be relevant for us as an employer. I think it’s important, particularly from Polypipe’s point of view because we’ve never had apprentices of this type before.
“It’s encouraging because we can see how we’ll be setting on these apprentices with the skills that this tailored Higher National Certificate will deliver.”
Dean added: “I think this approach of meeting different businesses is a really good concept of producing quality apprentices; it’s a really good way forward.”