Gone are the days when it was just traditional industries or large organisations that are choosing the apprenticeship route. Small/start-up businesses are now finding it a useful way to recruit and train staff. Apprenticeships now cover more than 170 industries and 1,500 job roles from entry to degree level - so if you’ve been toying with the idea of taking on an apprentice, here’s the breakdown on why we think it’ll benefit your business:
1. Bringing a breath of fresh air to your business
Introducing new, youthful talent to your business can add a whole new dimension to your workplace, bringing with it a fresh outlook and new proposals This in turn can encourage existing employees and spark a boost in overall business productivity.
Theres no-one more ready-to-go than a fresh apprentice wanting to learn about the industry. They’re intrigued, engaged and ready to conquer all at maximum effort levels.
3. Expand and upskill your workforce
What better way to channel or your knowledge and skills? Passing it on to someone else. You’d be able to simply transfer all you know and build up the most knowledgeable worker in the long run.
4. Adapt their training
Apprenticeships can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business. The added advantage is that you will effectively train a new employee to think and act in the interests of your business from day one, knowing that they haven’t already picked up any bad practice from another employer.
5. Future-proof your business
Apprenticeships provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future. Therefore, in times to come, you’re assured you have a well-rounded employee you can rely on.
6. Cost effective
Hiring an apprentice is a cost-effective way to support the development of new skills and talent in your business, with many employers able to access funding and grants to cover the expenses.
The apprentice rate is lower than other rates, but paid only in the first year. Apprenticeships should last at least 12 months.
There is a £1,000 payment available to employers for apprentices who, at the start of their apprenticeship, are:
Ready to hire? Get in touch with us here at EPQ. We’re able to navigate and guide you through any and all recruitment processes.