With National Apprenticeship Week coming up on 5th March, we wanted to look at some of the reasons why apprentices can be so valuable to employers, as well as the benefits of doing an apprenticeship from an employee’s perspective.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with many talented young people through our apprenticeship scheme for over 50 years, many of whom are now full-time employees. Taking on someone who is keen to gain hands-on experience and learn skills at the same time has paid huge dividends for us as an employer.
1. Create home-grown, talented employees
Ninety-six per cent of apprentice employers say that they are beneficial to their business, so they must be doing something right! Hiring apprentices can allow you to produce home-grown, trained employees, and generally provides an extra pair of hands in the workplace.
Apprentices often become very skilled in their trade, as they have to maintain or improve their core skills and also gain qualifications in their specific subject area; apprenticeships produce experts in their job role for your company.
2. Fill skill gaps
Supplying your apprentices with the right training and support can create motivated, loyal employees with a strong set of skills, which can ultimately fill any skill gaps that exist in your business.
This can help relieve any strain on the company and provide a better rounded team of employees.
3. Costs are relatively low
Hiring apprentices is often more cost-effective than hiring new staff, as most or sometimes all of their training is funded by the government. This helps keep costs down while you are still gaining a valuable, skilled employee.
The process is simple too – their training is usually provided by a specific training provider who acts as their mentor and oversees the whole process. Or this can be done by an in-house training team.
4. The ethical appeal
Employing apprentices is ultimately ethical – it helps place young people in a job, in an industry which they’re passionate about, thereby keeping them out of unemployment.
They are part of growing a skilled workforce supporting the country’s future economy, all while benefiting your business at the same time.
5. Benefits for the apprentice?
It’s clear that hiring apprentices has its perks and doing an apprenticeship yourself has many advantages too.
Apprentices receive the same benefits as any other employee, and while they tend to start on a relatively low wage, this will increase over time as they undertake their training. And unlike university, apprenticeships are often debt free!
You’re an integral part of the team, gaining real, hands-on work experience in your area of choice. At the end of it all, you could find yourself in a full-time position at the company.
Not only this, but apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers – they can also be used to up-skill an existing employee into a more senior job position.
All in all, we think apprenticeships sound like a valuable experience, from whichever perspective you look at it.