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Opportunity, The Apprenticeship Podcast is for anyone involved in recruiting and developing people, HR Directors, L & D, Heads of Talent, and Operational Directors in enterprise, SME companies and charities. We want to share the important message about how apprenticeships can transform your business using government funding in a creative way.
You're tired of the challenges of talent acquisition, and want to upskill for the changing work environment. We want to show you that working with apprenticeships is a high value way to develop your people for better workforce planning and profitability. We will share how to develop human potential by creating a behavioural change that allows you to develop and celebrate diversity. Hosted by Kate Temple-Brown and Michaela Reaney, founders of The Opportunity Group, an award winning apprenticeship training provider. You'll learn how to drive huge opportunity for your business using apprenticeships to change lives and maximise profit.

Opportunity: The Apprenticeship Podcast with Michaela Reaney & Kate Temple-Brown Michaela Reaney and Kate Temple-Brown

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Opportunity, The Apprenticeship Podcast is for anyone involved in recruiting and developing people, HR Directors, L & D, Heads of Talent, and Operational Directors in enterprise, SME companies and charities. We want to share the important message about how apprenticeships can transform your business using government funding in a creative way.
You're tired of the challenges of talent acquisition, and want to upskill for the changing work environment. We want to show you that working with apprenticeships is a high value way to develop your people for better workforce planning and profitability. We will share how to develop human potential by creating a behavioural change that allows you to develop and celebrate diversity. Hosted by Kate Temple-Brown and Michaela Reaney, founders of The Opportunity Group, an award winning apprenticeship training provider. You'll learn how to drive huge opportunity for your business using apprenticeships to change lives and maximise profit.

    023 Creating a Successful Apprenticeship

    023 Creating a Successful Apprenticeship

    Today, we are bringing together some of the information that we've been sharing in other episodes, and we’re going to talk about creating a successful apprenticeship. We are going to use the acronym SET that stands for Strategy, Engagement, and Training Provider, in order to help you create the most effective apprenticeship programme for your organisation. 
    What You’ll Learn: 
    - Why an Apprenticeship programme must link to your wider business goals and strategy
    - How to think about Apprenticeships in terms of developing skills and behaviours rather than applying standards 
    - Why it’s wise to invest time into engaging line managers and learners before and during an apprenticeship 
    - Why it’s important to set engagement rules and expectations for an apprenticeship group
    - How to effectively engage senior level managers and leaders in an apprenticeship programme
    - How to choose your training provider based on what elements of a programme you can negotiate to the benefit of your organisation and learners 
    So, when starting an apprenticeship programme in your organisation, be strategic and start with an end in mind. Spend time in conversations with line managers and learners, as well as with senior managers and leaders. Seek additional value and support from your training provider, and SET yourself up for creating a successful apprenticeship. 
    Resources: 
    - Episode 021 Open vs Closed Cohorts https://apple.co/3SneYyG 
    - Episode 011 Failures: What We Have Learned from Them https://apple.co/3R6g4O4 
    - Download our Opportunity Guide https://www.theopportunity.global/theopportunityguide/
    - The Opportunity Group Website https://www.theopportunity.global/
    - The Opportunity Group LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/theopportunitygroup/ 
    - Connect with Michaela Reaney on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelareaney
    - Connect with Kate Temple-Brown on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-temple-brown 

    • 21 min
    022 The Importance of Mental Wellness for Your Apprentices

    022 The Importance of Mental Wellness for Your Apprentices

    Today’s episode is dedicated to wellbeing, mental health and the holistic development of apprentices. In the last couple of years, we’ve discovered that the learners rely a lot on the support and guidance from their apprenticeship training provider and their employer throughout the course of their programme. So, how can you better support your apprentices to be resilient and mentally well, and why is it so important? 
    What is Covered: 
    - The benefits of mental wellness support in an apprenticeship programme
    - Why mental health and wellbeing support should be part of the standard apprenticeship package
    - How mental health and wellbeing support affects the retention rate of a programme
    - How line managers and mentors can benefit from development to support apprentices’ wellbeing  
    - How coaching conversations and style can support the holistic development of apprentices 
    We strongly believe that an apprenticeship is a holistic intervention that is changing people's lives. Therefore, we empower you to ask for mental health and wellbeing support as part of your apprenticeship delivery, whoever your training provider is.
    Resources: 
    - Able Futures: Support for Mental Health at Work https://able-futures.co.uk/ 
    - Martin Lewis - Money Saving Expert https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ 
    - Download our Opportunity Guide https://www.theopportunity.global/theopportunityguide/
    - The Opportunity Group Website https://www.theopportunity.global/
    - The Opportunity Group LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/theopportunitygroup/ 
    - Connect with Michaela Reaney on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelareaney
    - Connect with Kate Temple-Brown on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-temple-brown 

    • 18 min
    021 Open vs Closed Cohorts

    021 Open vs Closed Cohorts

    Today, we're going to have a debate about two ways of delivering an apprenticeship - through open and closed cohorts. First, we’ll define what open and closed cohorts are, and then we’ll discuss the benefits and potential limitations of each. As always, we’ll give examples of the types of organisations and learners that have used each format of apprenticeship and gained added value from either open or closed cohorts. 
    What You’ll Learn: 
    - What open cohort means in the context of an apprenticeship
    - Why social learning experience is so valuable in an open cohort
    - The limitations of open cohorts
    - How an open cohort can support an individual on an apprenticeship programme  
    - What a closed cohort is and what type of apprenticeships are suitable for this format
    - How closed cohorts can support line managers in an organisation
    - How learning in a closed cohort can bring a cultural shift to an organisation
    - The value of closed cohort apprenticeships for continual upskilling of employees   
    Both open cohorts and closed cohorts are great formats in which you can deliver an apprenticeship. You can balance between having a closed group that’s focused on a unique aspect of your business with an open group where the learners can benefit from other organisation’s best practices and experiences outside of your industry. So do your research and explore both as part of your apprenticeship strategy.
    Resources: 
    - Download our Opportunity Guide https://www.theopportunity.global/theopportunityguide/
    - The Opportunity Group Website https://www.theopportunity.global/
    - The Opportunity Group LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/theopportunitygroup/ 
    - Connect with Michaela Reaney on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelareaney
    - Connect with Kate Temple-Brown on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-temple-brown  

    • 21 min
    020 A Deep Dive into the Digital Marketer Level 3 Apprenticeship

    020 A Deep Dive into the Digital Marketer Level 3 Apprenticeship

    Today, we’re talking about the Digital Marketer Level 3 Apprenticeship, a standard that we are starting to deliver this October as an open cohort, 13-month programme. We’ve launched this apprenticeship after successfully supporting young people into creative roles with our Marketing Debuts programme. We’ll share with you how we are planning to deliver the Digital Marketer Level 3 apprenticeship, and give some examples of what other organisations are doing with this standard. 
    What You’ll Learn: 
    - Why Digital Marketer Level 3 is so relevant and what skills it can provide for the learners
    - How this programme can benefit SMEs
    - The partnership we’ve created for delivering this apprenticeship with Watertight Marketing
    - The role of the line manager, including the mentorship and coaching the line manager will experience to help their team succeed
    - Who can apply for Digital Marketer Level 3
    - What qualifications learners get at the end of the 13-month programme
    - How this apprenticeship can be used as part of your retention strategy
    Digital Marketer Level 3 is a super-relevant apprenticeship that shows how apprenticeships can be used as a year-long intervention for someone honing their craft and becoming strategic in a marketing role. It also increases the understanding of the power of marketing as a key element to a fast growth strategy. 
    Resources: 
    - Learn more about Digital Marketer Level 3 Apprenticeship https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/digital-marketer-v1-1 
    - Download our Opportunity Guide https://www.theopportunity.global/theopportunityguide/
    - Watertight Marketing https://watertight-thinking.com/ 
    - Book: Watertight Marketing by Bryony Thomas https://watertight-thinking.com/about-the-book/ 
    - Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program https://www.10ksbapply.com/ 
    - Episode 011 - Failures: What We Have Learned from Them https://apple.co/3pSbF6v 
    - Episode 012 - How do I Maximise the Apprenticeship Levy if I Am Not a Levy Payer? https://apple.co/3AZlyFW 
    - The Opportunity Group Website https://www.theopportunity.global/
    - The Opportunity Group LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/theopportunitygroup/ 
    - Connect with Michaela Reaney on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelareaney
    - Connect with Kate Temple-Brown on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-temple-brown  

    • 19 min
    019 How to Use Apprenticeships as a Retention Tool

    019 How to Use Apprenticeships as a Retention Tool

    As we're all finding in the world right now, there is a challenge around retention of employees, supporting the talent in your team, and attracting those individuals to not only join your organisation, but to stay. So in this episode, we're going to talk about using apprenticeships as a retention tool. We’ll share the findings of the research that we've been doing in this space, and how we believe apprenticeships are a great way to retain your staff as well as upskill existing employees to minimize the need to go to an already tight talent market for new hires.
    What You’ll Learn: 
    - How to turn the war for talent into an opportunity to develop your existing employees
    - Useful stats about employee development and engagement to share with your teams and budget holders
    - How to leverage apprenticeship programmes to develop and retain talent in your organisation 
    - The possibility of personalisation within a regulated framework of an apprenticeship
    - Why organisations need to develop a retention strategy across the board
    - How apprenticeship levy funded programmes are more attractive in a time when L&D budgets are squeezed.
    All apprenticeships are not created equal, and they come in many different forms. If you're looking to move the dial on retention and employee engagement, you need to think about the personalisation and relevance within an apprenticeship. Also, consider that learning and development is not just for high-performing people in your organisation; apprenticeships can be  a retention tool for all. 
    Resources: 
    - 5 Surprising Employee Development Statistics You Should Know  https://blog.clearcompany.com/5-surprising-employee-development-statistics-you-dont-know 
    - E145: Simon Sinek: The Number One Reason Why You’re Not Succeeding - The Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett https://apple.co/3vR3LNR 
    - Dare to Lead by Brené Brown https://brenebrown.com/book/dare-to-lead/  
    - Download our Opportunity Guide https://www.theopportunity.global/theopportunityguide/
    - The Opportunity Group Website https://www.theopportunity.global/
    - The Opportunity Group LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/theopportunitygroup/ 
    - Connect with Michaela Reaney on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelareaney
    - Connect with Kate Temple-Brown on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-temple-brown

    • 26 min
    018 A Deep Dive Into the Operations or Departmental Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship

    018 A Deep Dive Into the Operations or Departmental Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship

    Operations or Departmental Manager Level 5 is another apprenticeship programme worth exploring, and a partner programme to Team Leader Level 3. Today, we want to talk about why it's a good idea to prepare your leaders for what the future holds, but also how professionalising their ways of working is a beneficial skill set for your managers at any level. We’ll also share how we have seen this standard work with the different clients that we have been working with to deliver the ODM programme.
    What You’ll Learn:
    - Who the Operations and Departmental Manager Level 5 Programme is for
    - How this programme helps leaders navigate and manage change in their organisation
    - How ODM enables managers the space to focus on themselves in their day jobs
    - The relationship between ODM, and ILM or CMI leadership qualifications
    - The benefits of flexibility and personalisation that ODM provides
    - Three tips for someone considering this apprenticeship programme 
    As an organisation, why wouldn't you want to support and develop your leaders and managers to learn? There is no downside to having more leaders and managers capable of motivating, inspiring, and leading change in your organisation. So go away and think about how you can start to support your leaders and managers further, either through this apprenticeship programme, or some shorter, sharper interventions. 
    Resources: 
    - Episode 017 A Deep Dive into the Team Leader Level 3 Apprenticeship https://apple.co/3d7TaYq  
    - ILM Qualifications https://www.i-l-m.com/ 
    - Chartered Management Institute https://www.managers.org.uk/ 
    - 5 Surprising Employee Development Statistics You Should Know  https://blog.clearcompany.com/5-surprising-employee-development-statistics-you-dont-know 
    - Download our Opportunity Guide https://www.theopportunity.global/theopportunityguide/
    - Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/ 
    - The Opportunity Group Website https://www.theopportunity.global/
    - The Opportunity Group LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/theopportunitygroup/ 
    - Connect with Michaela Reaney on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelareaney
    - Connect with Kate Temple-Brown on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-temple-brown  

    • 25 min

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Cookama ,

So inspiring AND useful!!

Thank you so much for providing such great insights for how to implement a successful apprenticeship program! I especially loved the reminder NOT to try it out on one lonely apprentice! I also loved the personal stories! This is now one of my top resources!