WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?
An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future.
Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce all the way from entry level to senior leadership.
Apprenticeship programmes are designed to combine hands-on experience in a role with structured learning to equip learners with specialist skills and prepare them for future employment.
Throughout an apprenticeship a young person or adult will complete ‘off-the-job training’ as they work towards a nationally recognized qualification, this can be in the workplace, at home, or at College for the equivalent of 6 hours per week spread throughout the duration of their apprenticeship.
A myth surrounds apprenticeships that they are only suitable for school leavers, but this is not true. Anyone can become an apprentice, as long as they are 16 years old or above, living in England and not in full-time education.
BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS
Apprenticeships bring a whole array of benefits for employers, from improved retention rates to a higher employee satisfaction level.
Whether you’re a levy paying business or not, it’s worth understanding the value an apprenticeship programme can bring your business...
LOWER RECRUITMENT COSTS
75% of apprentice employers say the programme has helped cut recruitment costs. 80% say that apprenticeships will play a bigger part in their future recruitment policy.
UPSKILL YOUR STAFF
Apprenticeships are for any learner aged 16+ and are offered at Level 2 through to degree level. This makes them a great way to develop employees throughout your organisation.
80% of employers feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover. Investing in the development of your own staff will increase motivation and helps to improve retention of key skills and experience.
81% of apprentice employers say they make their businesses more productive. The average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week.
INCREASED EMPLOYEE SATISFACTION
88% of apprentice employers believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, leading to greater loyalty and quality.
The apprenticeship levy was launched to encourage employers to use apprenticeship programmes, either for new staff or to upskill an existing workforce, to help reduce the skills gaps within England.
The levy now represents the largest training budget that the UK has ever had and puts the employer in the driving seat, in terms of how and with whom they invest these funds.
Regardless of sector, all employers with a payroll of over £3 million per annum (around 2% of UK businesses) are required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy.
Once a business has started contributing to the levy, it will get access to the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS); an online portal where funds can be used to recruit new talent and purchase training.
For more information on how we can help you to get the most out of your levy access, click here.
HIRE AN APPRENTICE
In addition to supporting with funding options and creating bespoke training programmes, we will also handle the recruitment of suitable apprentices for your business needs.
We offer a complimentary recruitment service alongside the delivery of your chosen apprenticeship to ensure you can start training new talent as quickly as possible and guarantee successful outcomes.
Our dedicated team of Apprenticeship Advisors and Recruiters can design bespoke recruitment plans and shortlisting support to suit your business requirements, including:
Teaming up with you to create a recruitment marketing strategy that includes working with local partners to promote opportunities, and the use of social media and job platforms to elevate our targeted campaign.
Pre-screening and filtering candidates subjected to your criteria to match the perfect hire.
Support in the onboarding process and design a collaborative work-based learning solution that fit your requirements.