The Co-op Group plans to enable apprentices to reverse mentor ‘colleagues’ (employees) and is also looking at degree-level apprenticeships. The Group is one of a number of organisations being creative with apprenticeships to meet talent development needs. Interest in apprenticeships has increased as this month (1 May 2017) sees the UK’s Apprenticeship Levy kick in, requiring organisations with an annual wage bill of more than £3 million to invest 0.5% into the government’s apprenticeship scheme. The Co-op already welcomes older skilled apprentices, and existing colleagues wanting to develop a new knowledge area. Craig Whaites, group head of leadership and learning, […]

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