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With the onset of an arduous economic recovery, Britain faces some hard challenges ahead. For the economy to sustain growth businesses must act now to ensure that they can confront these challenges head on. Proficient management is vital to business success. Knowledge-Web fully recognises the importance of this and through a fully funded management apprenticeship; the benefits to both individual and business alike are paramount.
More and more businesses are opting to take on apprentices because it’s a great way of fostering the talent from within. Their relevance to business in today’s economic climate is becoming more evident, as Diane Robinson, business development manager at Southport College explains.
“They are now more relevant to today’s business needs and cover the majority of job roles. There are 200 different apprenticeship programmes available in 80 different sectors and around 240,000 apprentices in England.”
According to the MSC (Management Standards Centre) the 008/2009 academic year saw a 36% increase in apprenticeships.
A recent CMI (Chartered Management Institute) revealed many of the key benefits of a management apprenticeship. 69% of respondents felt that management apprenticeships were an effective way of developing management and leadership skills. Within the course the individual can experience a great mix of theory and practice, ensuring that they have the required skills to improve performance.
Being a good manager requires self confidence, receptiveness to training and a good attendance record. Knowledge-Web has the funding to provide you and your business with these essential skills. CMI research suggests that 71% of managers feel that apprentices show higher levels of loyalty. A solid working relationship can envelop over the course of the apprenticeship. Furthermore, 81% of those surveyed argued that their needs to be a greater number of progression routes than the graduate path.
By choosing Knowledge-Web, you can prosper and be successful in business management during these tough economic times
• Earn while you learn
• Boost self-confidence and increase receptiveness to training
• Sustain a solid working relationship throughout the course of the apprenticeship and gain the trust of your co-workers
• Develop existing skills and learn to improve your man-management skills.
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Most employers will agree that administration is an important factor towards the success of any business. In fact, “97% of employers say that effective administration is essential to their business”. Knowledge-Web fully understands and appreciates this need for an efficient and responsible workforce within a business, allowing it to run smoothly and effectively.
Furthermore, Knowledge-Web recognises that apprenticeships are no longer restricted to traditional sectors of the workplace such as engineering, and with fierce competition in the workplace due to decreasing university places, more and more companies are turning to apprenticeships to train people from age 16 to 65, across the wide spectrum of the workforce.
Through an Apprenticeship in Business Administration, Knowledge-Web can assist your business in achieving a more thorough understanding of overall business strategy. Knowledge-Web firmly believes that by undertaking a cost-effective apprenticeship in business administration, the employer and employee will benefit significantly.
Administration is an important area of business and the skills gained through an Apprenticeship with Knowledge-Web are easily transferrable. Administration is a chief support role to any business and requires a great deal of accuracy and attention to detail. Knowledge-Web understands the importance of effective management and will endeavor to leave your business better equipped to deal with the intricate components of modern management.
Administration can cover a vast range of duties within the office environment. Primarily it is an important support role, with managers, executives and Head’s of departments all requiring effective administration.
Below are just some of the benefits that an Apprenticeship in business administration can offer.
• Allowing staff to put skills into practice
• Increases staff confidence and competence
• Positive impact on your business
• Transferrable skills
• Increased accuracy and attention to detail
• Full understanding of ad hoc duties.
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Knowledge-Web wants to help you and your business get off the ground. The UK has so much to offer when it comes to innovative new business and Knowledge-Web can aid in your own enterprise in becoming a successful and sustainable business. How? With an ILM accredited L2 award in ‘Exploring Business Enterprise’
With the UK economy finally starting to show signs of growth, Knowledge-Web has the framework in place to help you and your business lead the way into a new era of economic prosperity. By enrolling on the Knowledge-Web ILM accredited Level 2 award, you can set yourself on the right path to creating new employment opportunities for others whilst developing your enterprise and spearheading growth in your industry sector.
On 15 November 2010, Enterprise UK launches the fifth annual ‘Global Entrepreneur Week’. The event is designed to aid and inform entrepreneurs of all ages towards building up and sustaining a successful enterprise. In these tough economic times, many workers who have left their jobs due to redundancy are employing their existing skills and contacts and turning to enterprise. Likewise, school leavers, many without university places, are also being thrust into the workforce and many have new and exciting ideas for business.
“…..as firms put graduate schemes on hold and implement hiring freezes, perhaps it’s time we revised our perceptions of a generation that’s beginning to show the kind of savvy entrepreneurial instincts that could deliver the kick-start the UK economy so badly needs. So keen are they to start carving out their futures, many are starting their own businesses instead of waiting for firms to begin hiring again. From selling rugby socks online and home-made jewellery to friends to opening their own hairdressing salons, young people are trying all sorts of things to generate money – and some of their ideas are turning into successful businesses”
Vince Cable recently announced a £1.4 billion Regional Growth Fund , which aims to aid private enterprise growth. He stated;
“The knowledge and expertise of the private sector, local authorities and their local communities will be crucial as we work to create a better environment for business and ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities that growth brings.”
Knowledge-Web is the ideal choice for any enterprising person. With an ILM qualification you can help your dream of owning your own thriving business become a reality.
Hopkins, Kathryn, (2009) http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/dec/12/starting-your-own-business
Whichever way you look at it, the internet is a part of our daily lives. It seems that nearly everyone uses a computer these days, whether it’s nestled neatly in the palm of your hand while you ride a train or if you’re sat facing one at work. Being connected has allowed us to be more efficient and even the most obscure of needs or wants can be accessed by the touch of a button. Just the other week I heard that Leeds University medical students were to be given iPhones so they could receive e text books and lecture material.
It is with this in mind that we should consider E-Learning in the wider scope of the workforce. E-learning is a fast growing and progressively popular method of staff training. Many of us are used to social media and can find an appreciation in interacting with new forms of media. To be able to learn on the job without a staff member having to leave their seat, doing it in their time….when they choose to, can really provide some great benefits.
Knowledge-Web fully understands the current importance of cost effective and efficient techniques of staff training. Given the current climate, more and more companies are turning to E-Learning as a way of modernising and strengthening their workforce. Knowledge-Web offers an assortment of ILM (Institute of Leadership & Management) courses where learners can achieve internationally recognised qualifications.
There are numerous reasons to undertake a qualification through Knowledge-Web.
• Train at your own pace at home or in he workplace
• Flexible to suit your needs
• Reduction in travel costs
• Development of computer and internet skills
• Key areas of self knowledge and self confidence can be improved and users can take responsibility for their learning.
• Beneficial to both the employer and employee
Knowledge-Web has the expertise in place to provide quality programmes for management, personal development and leadership. Through one of the specially designed courses Knowledge-Web can bring individuals and companies alike to the forefront of modern techniques of staff training and business development
On 24th May 2010, the government announced a £200 million reduction in the ‘Train to Gain’ programme as part of the planned cuts in expenditure for the 2010/2011 financial year. Under the spending review announced on 20th October, Chancellor George Osborne plans to invest £250 million into apprenticeships ‘signalling the largest ever investment in apprenticeships” by a UK government. The aim is to recruit up to 75,000 new apprentices by 2014.
But with Government funded programmes like ‘Train to Gain’ now being axed, it may seem that there is little choice for adults who want to gain the upper hand whilst they are working. However, there is a choice and it’s called ‘Knowledge-Web’. Knowledge-Web has access to funding for anyone aged between 16-65 who wants to improve their skills and chances of career progression. Knowledge-Web is the ideal way of effectively training up staff whilst reducing training costs.
In view of the government spending cuts, top business leaders pledged their support towards apprenticeships in an open letter to the financial times. The letter, co-written by top ranking businessmen like David Frost, Director General of the British Chamber of Commerce stated;
“Business is a competitive environment. Rarely does the entire business community come together passionately over one specific topic…..with 200 types of apprenticeship available at three different levels, they are an excellent way to help staff progress while building their essential skills. And government contributes towards the training costs.”
Apprenticeships can be a real bonus for employers and employee’s alike. Staff can gain hand-on job training giving them intimate knowledge of the work environment, increasing confidence in applying their skills and showcasing them in the work environment. Key skills such as time management and communication will also improve and it all adds up to staff becoming increasingly confident and productive.
Employers too will see the benefits of an apprenticeship through Knowledge-Web, Staff will become more organised, more productive and more competitive which can invigorate a company and help towards sustaining a vibrant economy.