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Why a Higher Level Apprentice could make a huge difference to your business

North West Regional College (NWRC) is introducing an HLA (Higher Level Apprenticeship) in Business and Enterprise to its extensive portfolio of Higher Education courses.

Your business could benefit from this unique training, which is delivered at NWRC and accredited by Ulster University.

Helen McGonigal, HLA Skills Development Officer at NWRC explained that the college is in talks with businesses across the North West about opportunities to offer employment to students enrolled on the HLA in Business and Enterprise.

She added: “The Business and Enterprise HLA is suitable for employees wanting to upskill and move up the ladder, or those employees currently working in middle management/ supervisory roles. HLA candidates can be newly recruited employees or used to upskill and progress existing staff.”

“The courses are all funded by the Department for the Economy so students never have to worry about tuition fees, in fact, the HLA is a unique work-based programme that enables participants to earn while they learn, while gaining a recognised Level 5 qualification. And there is no cost to the employer for participation.”

NWRC has led the way in developing the HLA framework based on strong links with academic partners and businesses.

Helen added: “NWRC is excited about the new HLA in Business and Enterprise which is suitable for companies of all sizes as it offers units encompassing all aspects necessary to drive a successful business. They include: Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial Accounting, Professional skills, Economics, and Marketing Management.

“Higher Level Apprenticeships enable businesses to attract and retain employees with potential, expanding workplace diversity and benefiting the local community and wider economy. With Higher Level Apprentices learning at work, they can develop the knowledge and occupational competencies demanded by specific job roles and meet the unique needs of your business.

“Higher Level Apprentices can keep your business up to date with the latest techniques and technology, increasing your productivity for the future. With a higher-level apprentice, you are training someone for the way your business works from the start.”

Successful HLA candidates will be employed in a company relevant to their chosen profession to gain valuable industry experience. This experience will feature a close mentoring relationship and academic support provided by NWRC as they progress through the relevant higher-level qualification.

For more information on how a Higher Level Apprentice can make a difference to your business, or to enrol for the course contact [email protected]