13 episodes

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.

    012 How Do I Maximise the Apprenticeship Levy if I Am Not a Levy Payer?

    012 How Do I Maximise the Apprenticeship Levy if I Am Not a Levy Payer?

    When it comes to the Apprenticeship Levy funding, there is a presumption that many SMEs have made, that because they don't pay into the levy, they can't benefit from the levy. Today we want to bring you up to date with the existing opportunities of levy transfers, co-investment and funding, so that you can have all the tools at your fingertips to maximise the Apprenticeship Levy in ways that potentially you haven't even thought of. 
    What You’ll Learn: 
    - Changes in The Apprenticeship Levy and the current apprentice cap per company
    - Leveraging apprenticeship opportunities for new and existing employees in SMEs
    - How our Marketing Debuts apprenticeship helped diversify talent in creative agencies
    - How we used levy transfers to fund a hospitality industry programme that is helping to tackle the mental health crisis
    - UK’s levy transfer brokers that connect SMEs and companies with excess levy funds
    After listening to this episode, we want you to think about maximising The Apprenticeship Levy if you are not a levy payer, and about the different ways that we can support you in finding that funding. And always bear in mind that apprenticeships are not just for new hires, they can be excellent for existing employees too. 
    Resources: 
    - Download our Opportunity Guide https://www.theopportunity.global/theopportunityguide/
    - London Progression Collaboration https://www.thelpc.uk/ 
    - Essex County Council https://www.essex.gov.uk/ 
    - West Midlands Combined Authority https://www.wmca.org.uk/ 
    - Connect with Louise Ward from WMCA https://www.linkedin.com/in/louisewardtalm/ 
    - Greater Manchester Combined Authority https://www.greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk/ 
    - Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority https://cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk/  
    - Connect with Laura Guymer from CPCA https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-guymer-06431b105/ 
    - Co-op https://jobs.coop.co.uk/apprentice-hub-landing 
    - Lloyds Banking Group’s support for apprentices at SMEs https://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/insights/support-for-apprentices-smes-london.html 
    - GSK Apprenticeships https://www.gsk.com/en-gb/contact-us/worldwide/united-kingdom/apprenticeships/ 
    - 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
    011 Failures: What We Have Learned from Them

    011 Failures: What We Have Learned from Them

    As true advocates for lifelong learning, we can’t just share all the good stories and the successes we've had, without also sharing the things that haven't gone quite well for us through this journey of building an apprenticeship training provider. So today, we’re going to talk about our failures and what we have learned from them.
    What You Will Learn in This Episode: 
    - How failures taught us to be more pragmatic and realistic in our trainings
    - The enthusiasm for an apprenticeship must be shared between top and middle management of an organisation
    - Why it’s crucial to be super clear on the metrics of success of an apprenticeship programme
    - Don’t underestimate the time and resources needed by both employer and training provider to set up for success
    - How to overcome the emotional barrier of going through functional skills qualification
    - The time and effort it takes to educate people on the Apprenticeship Levy and its benefits
    We are open about our failures because we want to fast-track your learning curve. Because, in the world of digital change, geopolitical change and commercial change, the time is now to think about the development of new and existing employees.
    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

    • 27 min
    010 The Benefit of Apprenticeship Duration of Minimum 12 Months +1 Day

    010 The Benefit of Apprenticeship Duration of Minimum 12 Months +1 Day

    An apprenticeship is a worthwhile investment for organisations of any size or sector. With benefits including increased employee satisfaction to improved retention rates, they are a proven way to help people develop their careers while creating results for business.  In today’s episode, we’ll be sharing with you the benefits of an apprenticeship being a minimum of a year long programme. 
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - The benefits of a longer programme and how to ensure it connects to your goals
    - What employers need to consider when choosing the duration of an apprenticeship 
    - How shorter interventions compare to an apprenticeship and how there is space for both in your strategy
    - How building a strategy with your training provider is critical
    When employers embed learning into everyday work, employees gain the knowledge and development they need. This is why we advise that you go for longer durations, so your employees can contribute to the growth of the organisation.
    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

    • 22 min
    009 Which Companies have had Success with Apprenticeships

    009 Which Companies have had Success with Apprenticeships

    If you want your organisation to have a successful apprenticeship programme, you need to tailor it to your training needs and business goals. Today, we'll be giving examples of some companies that adapted apprenticeship programmes to suit their needs, and how they turned out to be a major success. We'll also talk about what employers can do to get involved and lead the programme with confidence.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - Which companies successfully implemented apprenticeships and how they made it work
    - How employers can contribute to the growth of their business through apprenticeships
    - Why it’s important to consider the delivery of your apprenticeships
    - The role each leader in an organisation has to play during the programme duration
    Every employer needs to participate in the design and delivery aspects of an apprenticeship programme in order to meet their business goals. The companies mentioned here were successful because they spent time preparing for this opportunity. This is why you also need to spend time figuring out the business strategy, the standard you wish to deliver, and the optimal timeline for the programme to be a success.
    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
    008 Why Apprenticeships are not just for School Leavers

    008 Why Apprenticeships are not just for School Leavers

    From our experience with some organisations, we realized that a lot of them missed the opportunity that apprenticeships can create. There are different misconceptions about apprenticeship opportunities and this is why employers should put measures in place for their employees to understand what it's really about. In today's episode, we'll be talking about the benefits of apprenticeships by sharing with you the reasons why it's not just for school leavers, but for everyone who is willing to learn.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - What apprenticeships are and how you can use them with existing employees
    - Why apprenticeships are not just for school leavers
    - How employers can debunk the myths about apprenticeships in their organisations
    - The importance of creating apprenticeship opportunities for all 
    As an employer, your focus should not be about the age and educational background of your employees but also the output they're willing to give while performing their roles in your organisation. Apprenticeships provide a toolkit of all they need to do this successfully, so it's important to create a fair,engaging and exciting opportunity for everyone. 
    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

    • 20 min
    007 Understanding the Apprenticeship Levy

    007 Understanding the Apprenticeship Levy

    Now that you have an idea of what an apprenticeship is all about, you might be wondering how to handle the costs of enrolling your employees onto a programme. Today, we will share with you the essential things you need to know about Apprenticeship Levy and how to maximise funding to improve benefits and hasten your return on investment.
    What You Will Learn In This Episode:
    - What the apprenticeship levy is and how it works in England
    - The importance of having access to the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS) 
    - 2 ways SMEs can benefit from the funding for apprenticeship opportunities as well
    - How to assist other organisations through levy share schemes 
    Once you understand the concept of funding an apprenticeship programme, you can start considering your training options. Speak to a training provider to see what programmes are available for you. You should also take time out to do more research and find out if you're a levy payer as well.
    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

    • 27 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!

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