In the past the apprenticeships were specifically for young adults learning a trade. Times have changed over the years, and now any person over the age of 16 can be an apprentice. This is not just limited to trade professions. You can now recruit an apprentice within a massive range of industry’s, from plumber to cyber securities analyst.
When you recruit an apprentice, you are hiring a person in the early stages of their preferred career. They may have come from leaving school, higher education, or from a career change, you can be sure they bring enthusiasm and a hard-working attitude to the role. In turn, the apprentice can gain real-world professional industry skills and experience. The process is a win-win scenario, the employer and apprentice both gain from the experience.
It’s no secret that the apprenticeship wage isn’t very high. Even so, there was 393,400 new apprenticeship starts in 2019. Studies have proved that apprentices can be some of the most driven and passionate workers. A desire to learn new skills in their chosen industry pushes them forward. They focus on the big picture in their future rather than short term monetary gain.
There is plenty of funding available for apprenticeships, be it through the levy, or through government funding. It is often a very cost effective way to expand your team and gain valuable staff members.
Hiring and training staff can eat into your budget. Here at Empentis Training Solutions, we handle everything from formal training and assessments to qualifications.
Apprentices don’t have to be new hires. You can up-skill your current staff with apprenticeships. Your employees can continue to work for you and take an apprenticeship at the same time learning new skills, developing knowledge, understanding current business trends, and gaining an accredited qualification.
If your an employer you may be paying into the apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy only lasts 24 months before the money goes to the government. This pot can only be spent on apprenticeship training, so why not use it. Recruit an apprentice today and receive all the benefits of an apprentice. Read more on the apprenticeship levy on gov.uk