The new apprentice development programme, providing the skills for apprenticeship success
Kingswood is a proven and award-winning apprenticeship provider for hundreds of trainees entering the workplace every year. We have a success rate of over 80% for our own apprentices and this track record allows us to be confident that we can achieve the best for your staff, developing a positive approach to the working environment and developing the skills required to enhance progression, revolutionise retention and motivate delegates employed on programmes at whatever stage on their journey.
The Government has committed to three million new apprenticeship starts between now and 2020 that will be part funded by a new Apprenticeship Levy – this means that employers will have the opportunity to draw down their own funding directly to enable businesses to provide their own programmes, meeting the needs of their employees. As an accredited provider, Kingswood is one of the few organisations in its sector that have the status to provide apprentice training under the terms of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and therefore comply with funding guidelines for employers. Coupled with our Adventure Activities License and our Quality Badge from the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, this puts us at the forefront of apprentice training providers in our field.
Who we are
At Kingswood, we are raising the bar to provide the very best personal development programmes for all types of learners from across the world. With over 30 years’ experience in delivering residential learning programmes we welcome over 165,000 learners from over 75 countries to our unique locations. We train hundreds of apprentices every year, providing the Outdoor Education Sector with qualified, experienced and professional staff. We employ the best to form our own teams on centre, who go on to deliver groundbreaking programmes themselves. This virtuous circle builds excellent learning environments for delegates to thrive and learn with us.
What we do
In a fast paced and ever-changing landscape, life skills are recognised as an important contributor to young peoples’ progress and future success. Of course academic achievement and technical skills are important but, at Kingswood we know that developing personal characteristics such as self-control and a positive reaction to change, along with healthy self-confidence and the motivation to overcome challenges are critical to success. Through participation in our groundbreaking programmes, we can offer delegates a truly unique opportunity, providing employers with an evidence base to support both short and long-term benefits to their staff as part of the apprenticeship process.
How it works
Research shows that by focusing on the key skills that make excellent employees, combined with real world learning experiences, our evidenced programmes accurately support staff development. By providing a fully immersive residential experience the impact of the programme is proven to deliver long lasting outcomes.
Using a deliberate blend of our indoor and outdoor learning resources, our programmes deliver a progressive series of new experiences and adventurous challenges which develop a practical awareness of the personal skills needed for effective employees and encourages appropriate and healthy risk taking and group collaboration, whilst maintaining a safe working and learning environment for all. By understanding your business needs, courses can be adapted to reflect outcomes that are important to different sectors and organisations.
Kick Start Careers utilises the powerful and internationally accepted MTQ48 psychometric questionnaire, developed to be used specifically with apprentice age learners. This mechanism allows a benchmark for positive behaviours to be measured and progression tracked alongside a coaching report for each learner which provides evidence of the ‘journey travelled’ and can be used by employers to analyse the measurable impact of the course on the workplace.
Four components of resilient behaviour
I can manage my emotions and my response to others
I’ll do what it takes to keep my promises and achieve my goals
Learning from experience:
I’ll have a go. Even setbacks are opportunities for learning
I believe I have the ability to do it - or can acquire the ability