The job market drives a hard bargain these days, and trying to get a foot in the door has left many with stubbed toes. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get young people into work, but don’t just benefit the newly employed, they benefit your business too. Statistics show that 30% more companies are offering apprenticeships than the year before – Here’s why you should hire an apprentice.
Hit the Ground Running
‘Willing to learn’ is probably on many CV’s, but apprentices put their money where their mouth is.
Apprentices do often lack in experience in terms of the workplace, it must be said. That however, is a hurdle that many employers fail to get over when recruiting. They see lack of experience, and don’t see the big bonus of hiring someone that has come from college. Places of learning are equipping their students with the best and latest skills, and training them in the latest software packages too. Your baby faced apprentice might surprise you with their tech-savvy skills and ability to adapt much quicker. Experience is important of course, but it could be beneficial to your business to open up to fresh ideas, new programmes and methods that your veteran employees might not have got to grips with.
While there might be the very rare anomaly, a survey during ‘national apprenticeship week’ in the UK showed that the level of enthusiasm of apprentices was rated very high by employers. Companies who are investing say that fantastic attitudes and work ethic are adopted by some of their youngest employees, who are keen to learn and grow. Energy and drive is something that will impact your work environment hugely, and even encourage current staff to increase in positivity and productivity.
One thing that managers will tell you, is that in smaller ‘starting’ roles it’s very hard to keep a member of staff for extended periods of time. When highly qualified individuals are looking for work, they tend to use bottom rung jobs as a stepping stone to somewhere else. Apprenticeship schemes are a fantastic way to keep your employees loyal to your company, and give them great training and benefits to use in your workplace and business as they grow.
They’ll be trained from the ground up, but also develop relationships and familiarity with your company. Not only will they grow to feel at home, but they’ll also learn the business inside out, and this will be key in them wanting to stay with you rather than go start from scratch somewhere else. If they enjoy their experience and feel that there are opportunities to be challenged and climb within your business, then there’s no reason for them to go looking elsewhere.
Backing from the Bosses
Hiring pays; for both parties.
Apprenticeships already offer financial benefits for employers with starter wages, but the perks don’t just stop there. There is strong backing in the UK by the government to encourage employers to take part in hiring apprentices. The country’s leadership recognises the importance of these programmes, and is doing all it can to get young people into work and training.
These injections mean that taking on an apprentice could entitle you to a grant, as well as funding towards the training cost. You can find out your eligibility online, dependant on your circumstances, and how much financial support you could get towards your apprenticeship!
Hiring an apprentice is more attractive and beneficial than ever before. With government backing, and a whole host of benefits, companies are running out of reasons not to get on board, rather than get left behind. There are thousands of young minds ready and waiting to bring their skills, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to your company, so the question is, when can they start?