4 February 2021
The early careers training provider will be delivering a week of interviews, apprenticeship feedback and more in support of apprentices and especially those who had been defaulted to online learning during 2020.
Paul Fegan, Head of Apprenticeships at Alpha Development says – “Although the move to online learning was a response to the national restrictions that were put in place, we found it was a catalyst to move some programmes online, which we have been supporting for a long time. To ensure our solution was the most interactive and engaging possible, we put all of the Alpha Development faculty through a “Train the Virtual Trainer” session. This fundamentally changed our approach to online delivery to compensate for the elements which were lost by moving from the classroom. As a result, we were able to deliver as efficiently as we would have without the restrictions.”
Last year Government statistics revealed there was a significant drop in apprenticeship starts (nearly by 60% in May 2020 compared to May 2019) as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.
“Despite national apprenticeship starts declining sharply, we are still seeing strong demand in the financial services sector. Although it has been affected, there is still the need to train and upskill existing employees to ensure that they have the professional development they need to deliver their corporate strategy. We have also found that apprenticeships have been at the heart of diversity and inclusion strategies, and that it has been a great way to engage with new entrants from disadvantaged backgrounds and has attracted young talent which might not have otherwise thought of a career in financial services,” says Paul.
More information on apprenticeship training solutions at Alpha Development can be found at www.alphadevelopment.com/solutions/apprenticeships.
About Alpha Development
Alpha Development is a global financial training specialist delivering early career learning solutions to support employee and business performance. Our team of specialists have been working with investment and regional banks, insurance firms and asset managers since 2003 to design tailored employee learning programmes.
With offices in London, Singapore, New York and Abu Dhabi, Alpha Development supports employee and business growth through a range of developmental training programmes in areas including Financial Product and Accounting, Professional Skills, Sales & Client Relationship, Talent & Leadership, and Graduate & Intern Onboarding.
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