I also left because of the Apprenticeship. Like most big companies BT Openreach are paying 0.5% of their total wage bill to pay the apprentice levy.
I estimated BT Openreach are paying 9 million apprentice levy.
In order to recoup this money large companies are converting any suitable roles to apprenticeships. This enables to recover up to £4000 per apprentice.
I personally had no issue with this. The issue I had was that three of the units were identical to the mandatory training modules, ladders, pole climbing etc.
I read the apprentice documentation cover to cover and everything on the gov.uk web site
You complete the three mandatory units at the training center, then once you are working on your own you have to repeat the content of the three units on the job.
That includes up to three photos per activity, climbing pole, rotating on pole, running sash lines, across a road, up a metal pole, typically outside a school.
Your manager has to arrange this.
My questions were:
How will this be arranged for 1500 people
How can it be arranged in a normal working day
Who will take the photos
How will it all be completed in 12 months.
This apprenticeship was created to recoup the apprenticeship levy. You can still do the job without doing the apprenticeship.
What advantage is there to anyone doing it?
Last year you got £26,000 after 12 weeks. What advantage is there to waiting 52 weeks to get £26,000
The skills you get are not readily transferable to other roles.
Remember we all left other jobs to take this one. Those jobs must have been attractive at one time otherwise we wouldn't have taken them.
Like someone mentioned I understand the retention rate is %75, but I am sure you can get this confirmed at Yarnfield.
I completed the mandatory ladders and also the apprenticeship ladders modules.
Who has completed units, 9, 10, 11 etc?
My advice remains the same
Join the Union
Understand the contract
Anyone who was sent home for being overweight, not driving competently should ask whether it is an apprentice contract, if it is, seek relevant advice