Employing an apprentice is a great opportunity for you to add a hardworking and talented person into your team. With our support at Creative Alliance, your apprentice will be trained to your standards and within your ethos: that is at the heart of our partnership approach to work based learning. 

Apprenticeships with Creative Alliance combine learning in the work place with online and classroom learning to that they develop the knowledge, skills and experience you need. This is the same whether you’re recruiting a new person or upskilling current members of the team.

Creative Alliance believes our role is to work with an employer to develop independent, responsible and accountable professionals ready to succeed within a demanding and competitive industry.

“Don’t worry about the skills,” employers tell us, “these can be taught. What we want are people with the right attitude and approach.” We work with apprentices right from the start of their employment. They are required to attend an intensive two-day training programme to help them develop the attitude to work employers say they need. The training sessions cover professional behaviour, customer service skills, personal learning thinking skills and how to receive feedback.

Apprenticeships with Creative Alliance combine work-based learning with online and classroom learning to give your team the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need. This is the same whether you’re recruiting new staff or upskilling current members of staff.

Creative Alliance believes our role is to work with an employer to develop independent, responsible and accountable professionals ready to succeed within a demanding and competitive industry.

“Don’t worry about the skills,” employers tell us, “these can be taught. What we want are people with the right attitude and approach.” We work with apprentices right from the start of their employment. They are required to attend an intensive two-day training programme to help them develop the attitude to work employers say they need. The training sessions cover professional behaviour, customer service skills, personal learning thinking skills and how to receive feedback.

Apprenticeships with Creative Alliance combine work-based learning with online and classroom learning to give your team the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need. This is the same whether you’re recruiting new staff or upskilling current members of staff.

Off the Job training

Apprentices need to complete 20% of their total working hours in “Off the Job Training.” This is defined as “learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship.” Off the Job does not have to mean away from the workplace. We have developed training plans, using a blended earning approach, that combines online learning, skype mentoring, work based training as well as classroom seminars. Off the Job Training includes:

  • The teaching of theory (for example, seminars, role-playing, simulation exercises, online learning)
  • Practical training
  • Time spent writing assessments and assignments
  • Learning support
  • Shadowing and mentoring
  • Industry visits and attendance at skills competitions
  • Working in other departments

Work-based learning

We deliver the vast amount of this Off the Job Training in the workplace. We do this because over 90% of the employers we work with tell us they want their apprentice with them for as much of the time as possible.

They want this because:

 They want to teach an apprentice how to do things their way and to their standard – not to have a learning institution teach an apprentice how they think something should be done.

 They want an apprentice to develop professional habits and mindsets and the more time they spend in a professional work environment the more that is likely to happen.

 They are paying them to be in the workplace.