Here at Employing an Apprentice we want to inform you of all the benefits that providing apprenticeships can bring no matter what size or type of business you may be. We understand there will be varying barriers to uptake depending on whether you are an SME, a large enterprise or a public sector company, but our aim is to dispel all doubt and make you aware of the rewards associated with hiring an apprentice.

With the skill gap in the UK becoming a concern, it is essential for businesses to consider upskilling their workforce. Apprenticeships provide the perfect opportunity to train and equip an individual with a specific skill set required within your business. This is achieved by all apprenticeship programmes being tailored to your company, helping to meet your needs and objectives alongside providing valuable education and experience to those who need it.

By employing an apprentice, you are contributing to helping the next generation. Especially after the devastating impacts of covid-19 on the UK economy, it is important to give young people the best opportunities for employment in the future.

Common barriers associated with employing an apprentice include:

  • The cost associated with hiring an apprentice
  • The need to make the business apprenticeship friendly
  • Finding appropriate training providers

We understand that all businesses have the aim of making some form of profit, so want to keep costs as low as possible. Apprenticeships in fact provide this opportunity, with government covering a certain percentage of training costs depending on your company size alongside other financial incentives. You do have to pay the apprentice a wage, however this will only be the National Minimum Wage for their age, most probably a significantly lower amount than if you were to pay a more experienced individual. There are continuous updates on funding and schemes available to businesses and it is our aim to keep you updated on our funding page.

Many businesses believe that when they employ an apprentice they will have to adapt their processes to become more apprenticeship friendly. This is not true. Due to the apprenticeship being tailored your businesses specific needs, nothing needs to be changed to accommodate for the apprentices arrival.

Despite having to find an appropriate training provider yourself, there are many tools and guidance out there to choose the best one for you and your business. It is imperative to choose an apprenticeship provider that communicates well, has a high pass rate with previous apprentices, has a high employer and apprentice satisfaction rating and ultimately sits well within the culture and mission of your business. Once you have selected a training provider they can help with a multitude of things including recruiting and interviewing apprentices, preparing your apprentice for the workplace, find an appropriate place of learning and make sure the skills being learnt are appropriate for your business.

So with all this support and guidance available, why wouldn’t you want to hire an apprentice?

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