DCo provide bespoke learning and development initiatives for clients across all sectors. Our ethos is to build strong partnerships and design tailored solutions that enable clients to meet their business challenges through the performance of their employees. Apprentice development programmes are one area that we address as many clients are investing in apprenticeships to help them to meet the challenge of replacing long-standing expertise with new talent.
We have designed apprentice development programmes for a number of requirements. One example is the use of a bespoke experiential programme that dovetails with a client’s early career framework. The requirement was for a two phase development process that increased engineering apprentices ability to assimilate information, respond to coaching, forge strong relationships with their clients and undertake the role of ambassadors for the company.
DCo developed a residential programme that covers a range of subjects considered essential by the company for the improvement of the apprentice’s self awareness, team and organisational skills. The programmes are immersive and challenging, designed to ensure that individual apprentices learn by practical experience or ‘doing’. Each subject covered is approached in an interactive format that allows for rapid trial and error to take place alongside facilitated reflection and review.
To-date, 450 apprentices have experienced this particular development process within the company and it has a record of successfully developing the confidence and skills of individuals on return to their workplace. The experiential programme is also recognised by the client as a significant factor in their achievement of an 82% retention rate since 2003.