Seasonal best wishes from Swatpro – what a year it has been!
2019 has been a good year at Swatpro, with an expansion of our training division (Swatpro Academy) establishing digital apprenticeships in a range of IT and digital areas, as well as more hospitality and catering training courses.
Swatpro’s partner training providers have long been recognised as the leaders in their field, and their collaborative, bespoke and specialist approaches have continued to win them new clients in the South-West and further afield.
The good news has been helped by a growing recognition among employers that the new Apprenticeship Standards – developed in collaboration with businesses – delivers the skilled workforce Britain needs.
Numbers of Apprenticeship starts began to rise in the third quarter of 2019 and signs are that this trend will continue.
At Swatpro, we’ve spoken to Apprenticeship Levy payers about how to make the most of their payments to train existing staff and new recruits, and SME employers on how to use the Appenticeship Service to get skilled staff, with the government paying 95% of the cost.
We’ve also seen there is an appetite for our partner’s shorter, non-Apprenticeship training courses. Firms realise that in a highly competitive economy, up-skilling is essential to keep up with trends and freshen their offer.
It’s been a year that has brought awards and recognition to many Swatpro partners and apprentices.
Nathan Hunt, who works in the greyhound industry and completed an Apprenticeship with Swatpro partner, Absolute Training Services, won the Kennelhand of the Year award, beating competition from throughout the UK.
Gemma Forster, who completed a Healthcare Assistant Apprenticeship with Swatpro partner Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust, won a People’s Choice Clinician award, voted for by colleagues, patients and members of the public.
Many other of our Apprentices and other trainees have won plaudits and achieved very good End Point Assessments. At Swatpro we are proud of everyone who takes the training “journey” – and we know from feedback that employers are as well.