Apprenticeships are fast becoming the training programme of choice for employers across a vast array of different industries.
Whether your business is in retail, engineering, IT or management, there are a variety of apprenticeships that are available to enable employers to train staff. Whether they start at an intermediate or advanced level, there is something for everyone no matter what their age or gender.
Here at PTS, we explain why taking on an apprentice brings a range of additional benefits to your business.
An apprenticeship will allow your new team member to gain a nationally recognised qualification in the relevant subject and level. The qualifications that they will gain are important, however, much of what they will learn during their time as an apprentice will involve work related and transferable skills as well as plenty of hands on experience.
You apprentice will be actively working and will be learning about the business and its practice procedures that are involved within the job role. They will learn how to work with other people within the business and take responsibility for their chosen role.
Most businesses will find that when they take on an apprentice, their recruitment and training costs significantly reduce. An apprentice’s national minimum wage starts at £3.70 per hour, which compared to recruitment costs, will save the company a huge sum of money.
You will also receive government funding throughout the duration of the apprenticeship which will help to pay for the training and assessments. The amount you get depends on how much the business earns each year.
Apprentices are constantly assessed and monitored as part of their apprenticeship. This is to ensure that the quality of their work is to high standards. Most businesses believe that an apprentice becomes a vital asset to their business before the end of their training period.
Studies show that around 70% of businesses who take on an apprentice, believe the quality in their staff workforce has increased as a result.
Taking on an apprentice will mean that they will be doing on the job training alongside existing staff, as well as external training with trainers like ourselves here at PTS. This can bring fresh ideas and innovation to the business. For example, if you take on a school leaver, they may know more about modern technology and social media which some companies struggle to keep up with.
By bringing new ideas into the business, not only generates a way to keep the business moving forward but also keeps the workforce motivated.
The successful growth of an apprentice also means that they can be entered into national and regional awards and competitions that can really boost the name of your business.
Apprenticeships are important assets to any business and can provide considerable benefits to the company. The apprentice’s education offers practical knowledge of how the working environment operates.
Apprenticeships can provide a career path for someone in your business and a priceless possibility to develop the skills you need for your workforce.
If you invest in an apprentice, they will invest in your business and this is beneficial for the company in the long run as it helps to produce more core staff, who will work for and understand the businesses ethics.
If you are willing to invest your time and money into an apprentice, you will see a significant return on your investment for many years after they have joined the business.
It can be a huge risk to take on someone who has no experience in the sector of your business. However, you will find that apprentices are willing to put in the time and training to learn new skills and valuable work experience.
Many businesses have noticed that their apprentices continue to work full time at the end of their apprenticeship programme ad in many cases, continue to work for the company for several years. This shows the commitment of apprentices.
Around 67% of apprentices stay with the same employers upon completion of their apprenticeship and some even stay for the rest of their working life, working their way up to a higher position.
There are around 20,000 apprentices available and ready to start. Unlike school, you do not have to wait until September to take them on and they can be taken on at any time of the year. There are many people ranging from 16 to 60 willing to be discovered and to be given a career changing opportunity.
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