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Why take on an apprentice?

Employing an apprentice is a fantastic opportunity for people to gain qualifications while earning a wage. It’s also a great solution to the national skills shortage, but what’s in it for employers who take on apprentices?

If you’re thinking about taking on an apprentice, here are some of the benefits (and things to consider):

  • Apprenticeships are eligible for Government funding: For smaller businesses, whose payroll is below £3m per year, the Government will pay 90% of the costs of training. For businesses with fewer than 50 employees, the Government will pay 100% of the training costs for a 16-18 year old apprentice. There are also additional financial incentives (see our Funding page)
  • Apprenticeships are an affordable recruitment solution: an apprentice is a low cost overhead with wages starting at £3.40 per hour*. This allows you to grow productivity within your business whilst watching your expenses.

(*depending upon age. See the Government website for the latest Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions)

  • Apprenticeships tailor the recruitment and training process: skills shortages in local area can make finding and employing experienced workers difficult. With an apprenticeship, you can develop staff to meet your business’ specific needs through a supported, funded, training programme and on-the-job training.  You can attract the best young talent to grow your team.
  • Apprenticeships offer fresh enthusiasm: if you recruit well you will find an apprentice that wants to work hard, develop new skills, brings fresh ideas and energy to create a new dynamic within your workforce.  Apprentices are often extremely loyal due to the time invested and opportunity the apprenticeship has given them which will help long term staff retention levels.  Bear in mind though, that often apprentices are straight out of school and you may need to dedicate time to younger apprentices who are not versed in workplace etiquette. They may need to be educated in disciplines such as punctuality, communication protocol and their interview technique may require some extra work.
  • Apprenticeships are great for your company image: by giving opportunities to young people on apprenticeships you are doing your bit to help the local economy, reduce youth unemployment statistics, develop a loyal workforce and grow your image within the local community as a responsible employer.

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