08 Feb Try apprenticeships for size – they might be just what you are looking for.

Grow your own talent, reduce staff turnover and enhance the skills your company needs to succeed.

Apprentices are your employees.  They work, collaborate and learn within your business bringing diversity and fresh thought.  The only difference? – they spend 20% of their time in off-the-job training, normally provided in partnership with a training provider.

You can tailor an apprentice’s training to fit your business needs, using government funding to cover a significant percentage of any training costs.  SMEs receive 95% of these training costs from the government.

What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are an exciting option both for the apprentice and the employer.

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

There are hundreds of apprentice programmes to choose from and some include a qualification, such as a degree.

You can hire someone new, or upskill an existing employee.

As an employer, you can get grant funding from the government to help pay for the apprenticeship training.

Upskilling your workforce – to boost employee performance & retention.

Did you know you can use apprenticeships to upskill and retrain your existing workforce?

You can use apprenticeship training to:

  • fill key skill gaps in your business;
  • boost employee motivation by investing in their development;
  • improve retention.

For example, an experienced employee may be keen to get a formal qualification in their specialist area – if you support them they are likely to stay with you.

Or perhaps someone has the aptitude and drive to learn something new and progress into a different role?

There are apprenticeships from level 2 (operator) to level 7 (equivalent to a degree) so you’ll be able to find apprenticeships that suit the learning & development needs of your employees.

Apprenticeships are designed by employers so they reflect the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours that your business needs.

The benefits for your business.

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation;
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity;
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service.

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:

  • you can adapt their training according to the needs of your business;
  • they’re motivated to learn new skills;
  • you can expand and upskill your workforce;
  • you demonstrate a commitment to the future of your business to your employees.

For more information please visit: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

Contact us to find out how to get started and we can put you in touch with organisations who can help you.

Please join our dedicated webinar on apprenticeships for the casting and foundry industry  – 16 March 2021 at 2pm. Please Contact us for joining details.

Angela Mason
Angela Mason