Creating partnerships

Creating partnerships is vital if UK industry is to deliver the number of apprentices and graduates required to meet the needs of employers, says EAL’s head of commercial development, Natalie Wilson.

Those of us working in the competitive world of industry are acutely aware of the need to recruit more talented people, as well as provide training to boost the skills of the current workforce.

Natalie Wilson, head of commercial development, EAL.
Natalie Wilson, head of commercial development, EAL.

It’s easy to put such challenges on the back burner and focus only on the day-to-day pressures of creating quality products or delivering excellent services within tight deadlines.

However, by investing in people now for the long term, companies will give themselves the best opportunity to stay one step ahead of the competition.

EAL is working with employers to ensure the workforce is equipped to meet the challenges of an ever-changing landscape. One example of this approach is a dynamic partnership EAL has signed with Airbus to deliver the very best apprentices and graduates to the UK aerospace industry.

The partnership will help deliver the Early Careers Strategy at Airbus sites in Broughton and Filton, ensuring training is in line with industry needs and best practice.

We have a long-standing working relationship providing apprenticeship qualifications to Airbus, but this new agreement takes our excellent partnership to a new level.

It will ensure that the day-to-day delivery of apprenticeships is aligned to future reforms, while also providing ongoing support around the Government’s apprenticeship levy.

EAL is delighted to be working so closely with a world class company such as Airbus which puts learning at the very heart of its operations.

The partnership will also recognise excellence in aerospace with EAL certification of the Airbus Graduate programme and for young people attending work experience at Airbus the unique offer of a dual branded certificate.

EAL - Airbus PQ - May 2016It encompasses EAL’s sponsorship of the Apprentice of the Year category. I was delighted and honoured to hand out awards to Neil Loftus at Filton and Adam Davies at Broughton at the recent Airbus Recognition of Learning Events on site.

EAL has also launched Flexible Solutions to support organisations looking to design, implement or develop staff training programmes – from organisations wanting to certificate attendance of learners on in-house or externally delivered training programmes, to those with more complex needs such as developing bespoke, nationally accredited training programmes which attract funding.

We work closely with organisations to help identify and award appropriate, high quality training programmes, specially tailored to business needs and can offer a range of awarding solutions.

Whether it is our friendly, knowledgeable customer services team answering questions, our full-time, expert External Verifiers (EVs) supporting companies on-site, our quality assurance consultants, or our business experts working to determine the most suitable training solutions for a business, EAL is providing support needed to help them achieve their goals.

Flexible partnerships, providing flexible solutions to meet the needs of employers and wider industry are vital for the future of UK plc – EAL is determined to play its part.