The Big Lottery Fund grows its own talent with apprenticeships

Has its own apprenticeship scheme

Has its own apprenticeship scheme

The Big Lottery Fund launched a finance apprenticeship scheme in 2010 in partnership with the Association of Accounting Technicans (AAT) and Kaplan. Since then, two apprentices have been taken on each year.

Lesley Nelson, Finance Manager at the Big Lottery Fund, shares her tips which the organisation has learnt about the apprenticeship process:

  1. Find the right qualification. This will ensure that your staff gain the right skills for the job. The Big Lottery Fund apprentices study for an AAT Accounting Qualification to give them in-depth financial knowledge.
  2. Choose the right training provider. Apprenticeships are a three way partnership between apprentice, employer, and learning provider. Good communication between the three is essential.
  3. Invest in the apprenticeship. Know all of the information surrounding apprenticeships such as wages and funding. Assign your apprentice with a mentor and set up evaluation sessions to see how they are learning.
  4.  Reap the benefits. The Big Lottery Fund has benefited from having its own scheme in many ways; there is no need for long inductions and it has seen an increase in productivity and enthusiasm among employees.