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Eliesha Training wins large contract to deliver government-funded Management Apprenticeships in the North East

North East-based management training consultancy Eliesha Training has been awarded a substantial contract to deliver their management apprenticeship programmes to non-levy paying businesses in the North East, meaning any SME in the region can now receive Government funding for 90% of their cost for a high-quality management apprenticeship programme.

As part of a competitive tender process, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has allocated £650m across 714 training providers nationwide, so it is only selected providers in each region who are able to deliver the funded training. With national demand expected to exceed supply, regional organisations are advised to get in contact as soon as possible to discuss a requirement for any number of individuals.

For Eliesha, this represents an exciting opportunity to expand the scope and reach of their existing apprenticeship programmes to smaller organisations. SMEs can now take advantage of the enormous benefits that the reformed apprenticeships represent. Management apprenticeship programmes supporting existing employees are proving extremely popular with levy-paying organisations; they see the benefits of the on-the-job and theory-based management and leadership skills rapidly transferred to the workplace, improving performance and productivity.

“The tender process was over-subscribed and extremely competitive, so it’s a fantastic achievement to be appointed to deliver Eliesha’s new Pathways to Success Management Apprenticeship programmes alongside ILM and CMI Diploma qualifications”, says Eliesha Managing Director Julie Flanagan.

“Through our tender proposal” - she continues - “we were able to evidence our extensive history of successful delivery, achievement and comprehensive administrative support to our customers. The new apprenticeship standards in management align perfectly with our experience and expertise, and delivery of our programmes to levy-paying organisations shows encouraging market uptake. One of our recent cohorts of management apprentices had an age range of over 30 years and an average age of 39, which is a great sign that the expanded reach of apprenticeships is being embraced.”

Tony Cunningham, Business Development Director, adds that “We already have plans in place to deliver ‘open’ management apprenticeship courses for delegates from multiple organisations in any given region. This delivery model is perfect for smaller, non-levy paying organisations whose staff can access local, quality, accredited management apprenticeships.”

“Through our contract, you’re able to access 90% of the cost of your chosen Level 3 or 5 programme. The new standards, and the opening up of apprenticeships to existing employees of any age are strong commitments from the Government to tackling one of this country’s problems; low performance and low productivity as a result of sub-par management.”

To enquire about a funded Management Apprenticeship programme for any number of staff, email Dawn Wylie on dawn.wylie@eliesha.com.

For more information about our apprenticeship programmes visit www.eliesha.com/apprenticeships.

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