10 Good Reasons to Choose NCAL

  1. We have been supporting workbased learning and apprenticeship programmes for 20 years. That’s a pretty good track record. We’ve seen training providers come and go. Some have gone spectacularly in a huge financial implosion leaving their employer clients and apprentices high and dry. We believe in steady, organic growth that puts the interests of our clients and learners at the heart of everything we do.

  2. We never use the same delivery model twice. We design an apprenticeship delivery model that’s right for each employer. There is no rigidity, no standardisation, no must-haves, and no problem we can’t solve. We call it our business-as-usual approach. By getting the delivery design right, we can’t help but enhance your organisation’s performance.

  3. We use non-executive directors to challenge and improve everything we do. We recognise that we all benefit from outside expertise and help sometimes. To this end, we have appointed two non-executive directors (NEDs) to really stretch us and keep us on our toes. One is a highly respected consultant and inspector of workbased learning for almost 20 years. The other is the Chief Operating Officer of a substantial grade 1 (Ofsted “outstanding” award) provider. NEDs may be commonplace in some businesses, but they’re pretty rare in training provision.

  4. We work towards helping our employer clients become self-sufficient – i.e. to reach the stage when they can deliver apprenticeships without the assistance of a training provider. We’ve done this many, many times over the years. It’s not what every employer wants but, once you’ve got the hang of it, you may prefer to handle the whole package and become an approved Employer Provider.

  5. We’re fussy about who we work with. We decline business if we’re not certain a client shares our demanding values for delivering high quality apprenticeships. This may sound slightly odd, but we’d rather not become partners with organisations who don’t support our passion and commitment to apprenticeships. It’s not the money that drives us, it’s the challenge of delivering the best experience to apprentices.

  6. We only take on business that we can manage well. This helps us ensure we remain focused on the needs of our clients, not ours. We’d rather not take on new business just for the sake of income. We aim for high quality delivery each and every time.

  7. We’re not owned by investors or banks or parent companies. We’re a small, family run business that has never needed to borrow money and has always had the freedom to reinvest in apprenticeships as we see fit. It’s a nice position to be in, and it means we are truly independent.

  8. Our trainers work exclusively for a single client. Many providers stretch their staff resources across multiple clients. NCAL does not do this. We provide experts who are dedicated to our client organisations. This means they can really immerse themselves in the culture, ethos and working practices of our clients without any distraction.

  9. We give stuff away! We’ve never been precious about our ideas and products. For years, we’ve given away helpful resources to other training providers through our previous website. Now, we’re taking this one step further and creating a series of short learning videos to support our apprentices that anyone is welcome to use. These will build up over the next 12 to 18 months. Help yourself!

  10. We only deliver apprenticeships in the hospitality sector. That’s the business we know best and that’s what we’re sticking with. It’s as simple as that!

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