UWE Bristol Apprenticeships: Meet the Employer

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UWE Bristol offers of wide range of apprenticeship programmes and we regularly catch up with our apprentices to hear about their experiences.

In this Meet the Employer, we caught up with Mandy Knott, Learning and Development Manager for allpay.

How have apprenticeships supported your business? 

With a history of developing talent through our apprenticeship learning, allpay continues to invest in its grow-your-own people model. With significant progression as a business in the last 10 years influenced by bringing in, retaining, and promoting apprentices on a regular basis allpay has benefitted from a workforce steeped in both company and sector knowledge.
With C. 250 members of staff and circa 10% made up current and former apprenticeships, allpay benefits from a wealth of talent, curiosity, and the ability to work together collaboratively to bring to life the mission and vision daily.

At entry level many apprentices go on to win awards with their training providers demonstrating a true desire to develop themselves and allpay.
The introduction of the apprenticeship standards and the stretch into higher and degree apprenticeship has given allpay the ability to offer academic led vocational learning to develop our internal talent. This has added another element in supporting the allpay business to continue to grow its talented people. Adding value to the bottom line and increasing the capability at all levels.

What have you found to be the main benefits of apprenticeships to your business?

The key benefit, aside from seeing our team members develop and grow, is retention. As a business we can demonstrate a longevity of career through our entry level apprentices.

As our new apprentices join allpay they work with others across the business who either started their careers as apprentices or who are now developing their careers through apprenticeship training. It is inspiring for all within the business to see each person develop and grow in the career of their choosing.

What do you see as the main role of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships to prospective learners, thinking about their post-16 options? 

The option to ‘earn whilst you learn’ is significate when discussing prospects for individuals post-16. The world of work is changing significantly, the opportunity that apprenticeships give means we see many of our individuals adapt and grow throughout their career which is great.

Allowing a route to a Higher and Degree qualification through a vocational route will see many looking at this as an option post-16. It also opens this opportunity to those who previously thought a degree wasn’t available to them. With the cost of going to university being a barrier for many, this is a fantastic way for businesses to open higher education to all.

How will apprenticeships shape the future of your business? 

allpay will continue to be an advocate of apprentices and apprenticeship training. The value that new standards add across such a variety of business areas makes the opportunity to develop talent positive for us.

Accessing talent will continue to be a challenge for many businesses and we believe our support of apprenticeship training gives us an additional attraction lever.

Find out more about Apprenticeships at UWE Bristol.

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