Tenet launches paraplanner apprenticeship

Tenet launches paraplanner apprenticeship

Tenet has launched a paraplanner apprenticeship, with Ryan Smith as their first apprentice.

Mr Smith began his two-year programme on 25 January, working towards a new level four certificate.

The initiative creates a benchmark for employees and is the result of a collaboration involving the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the employer-led Trailblazer group and a number of professional associations and training bodies.

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Independent consultant Marcus Bowsher, who was project leader for the new paraplanner apprenticeships, said the scheme was a great way to develop professionals of the future.

He said: “Paraplanning is a relatively new discipline, but demand is currently outstripping the supply by some margin.

“This is a brand new, fit-for-purpose programme designed by employers for employers, to bridge that skills shortage.”

Tenet group finance director, Caroline Bradley, said it was an excellent means of growing a business organically.

She said: “Apprenticeships are a proven way to attract, retain and develop a skilled workforce. We are delighted to initiate the new paraplanning qualification and are fully supportive of the re-invigorated apprentice brand concept.”

Tenet has also confirmed the appointment of a level three financial services administration apprentice and currently has five others on apprenticeship schemes in IT, customer services, credit control and data analysis.

“As an industry, we struggle to attract new talent,” Ms Bradley said. “New apprenticeships such as this are an unrivalled way for people to develop specialist new skills and learn while they earn.”

State apprenticeship reforms were announced in October 2013, initially across eight sectors, including financial services.

The Government is aiming to double the number of apprentices in place by the end of its term in office, backed by £1.5bn of funding.