Many businesses often nd the recruitment of new staff challenging. It can be labour intensive and long winded. Many companies turn to Recruitment Agencies; a growing number however are choosing Apprenticeships as an alternative way to not only expand today’s workforce but to develop that of tomorrow.
Apprenticeships are now available across most industry sectors and give employers the opportunity to ‘grow’ their own staff. They are a fantastic way for a business to take on a young person; by working collaboratively with a Training Provider or College a company can be instrumental in the development and training of that individual. All apprenticeships have qualifications attached to them and include a mixture of ‘on-job’ and classroom learning. Apprentices & employers are fully supported by the education establishment delivering their programme and incentives are often available from the government.
All apprenticeships have qualifications attached to them and include a mixture of ‘on-job’ and classroom learning. Apprentices & employers are fully supported by the education establishment delivering their programme and incentives are often available from the government.
” I chose an apprenticeship because I liked the idea of ‘ earning and learning ‘. Employers don’t always give school/ college leavers a chance to go into a full paid job role straight away, so I thought that completing an apprenticeships would be a good first stepping stone ” George Kirby – Admin apprentice at Mercedes-Benz
Apprenticeships have grown in popularity over the past few years with more and more young people looking at them as a serious alternative to College or University. Many apprentices have fantastic GCSEs and are looking to jump on the career ladder sooner rather than later. Many want to gain the hands-on industry experience that can only be offered by undertaking an apprenticeship.
There are three levels of apprenticeship currently available: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. The level the apprentice undertakes is determined by their abilities and the complexities of the job role. The programme duration can be anything from 12 – 60 months depending on the sector requirements for the job role that they are training in.
Apprenticeships are great for businesses of all shapes and sizes. They enable a company to recruit at a junior level and develop a young and willing workforce that can take their businesses forward. The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.30 per hour although employers are encouraged to pay more.
” By taking on apprentices and helping them develop and train, we know we can get skilled staff of an exceptionally high standard. We regularly take on apprentices to work on our helpdesk – it’s a great way of harnessing fresh talent. As a company we have been taking on apprentices for over 25 years ” Nyki Dilworth – Director at vertical systems
The National Apprenticeship Service website has a dedicated employer section where businesses can nd out all they need to know about the types of apprenticeships on offer and how to go about recruiting an apprentice for their organisation www.apprenticeships.gov.uk.