Employment and training practitioners know the benefits of developing new skills for businesses and individuals, but how many are providing their own staff with the most up-to-date qualifications?
In this article we shine a spotlight on the level 4 employability practitioner apprenticeship. This is a role that is very close to our hearts, as it encapsulates one of our own core objectives here at Seetec: to help people improve their employability prospects or progress further in their current role.
“Now is the time to practise what we preach, and ensure staff receive the correct training” says Steve Barker, Director of Sales and Employer Partnerships at Seetec Outsource, to the employability sector.
The level 4 employability practitioner apprenticeship is designed for individuals who are working in the public, private or charitable sector delivering employability support. It will provide these specialists with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to help individuals secure suitable and sustainable employment.
The standard was originally developed by the Employability Trailblazer Employer Group (ETEG), now chaired by Seetec, and is comprised of organisations working in and affiliated with the employability sector.
The core areas of learning are:
- Holistic assessments and diagnostics
- Holistic action plans and reviews
- Designing, delivering and facilitating interventions
- Coaching and mentoring
- Managing challenging and complex caseloads
- Problem solving and risk/crisis management
- Stakeholder management and engagement
As part of the qualification journey, we’ll provide a tailored learning plan designed to meet the organisation’s objectives and the support of an experienced development coach.
Steve feels now is the time for all employability practitioners to embrace learning, “We need to ensure that industry staff have the best knowledge and skills to be able to provide a first-class service to individuals looking to find employment. We are delighted to be present at this years’ ERSA Conference in London later this month, and would encourage any employability professionals looking to develop in their role to come and talk to us to find out more about this leading new qualification.”
The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) shares Steve’s thinking on the need to drive this forward.
Scott Parkin FIEP, Chief Executive at the IEP added: “Through this apprenticeship, employability practitioners from a range of settings such as employability programmes, careers advice and guidance services, housing, probation, health and social care have the opportunity to progress their careers in their chosen field. It not only equips individuals working within the sector with the knowledge, skills and behaviours that they need now but also for the future. It will also provide many more benefits for the customers we all serve, improving outcomes for all.
Employers are recognising the importance of a well-supported, well trained and continuously engaged workforce in their ability to deliver great services, grow their business, realise diversification and achieve other strategic goals. Likewise, commissioners are recognising the value of workforce development plans and we expect them to recognise this apprenticeship as best practice. “
To find out more about the employability practitioner apprenticeship, contact a member of our team today.