Why should your company employ an apprentice?
There are many reasons you should consider hiring an apprentice.
We outline some of the key benefits below:
Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to add to your workforce
Apprentices aged below 19, or 19 and above and on the first year of an apprenticeship are entitled to the national minimum wage for an apprentice. The current rate is £4.30/hour and will increase to £4.81 in April 2022.
Employers can also apply for Government funding, grants and incentives to support them with recruiting and training apprentices.
Apprentices can be shaped to meet specific business needs
A notable benefit to hiring an apprentice is that they can be tailored to support your business where you most need it. They are often school-leavers with a clean slate. You can train them with job specific skills that suit their development and meet your needs.
Apprentices can inject your team with fresh ideas and enthusiasm
Apprentices join an employer due to a desire to work in a specific industry. They are eager to develop the skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career. They are a pair of fresh eyes who will be eager to impress. They will provide a new perspective to your team due to their up-to-date skills and knowledge, acquired from their training.
Apprentices become long-term employees
When you hire an apprentice, you are making an investment in their future. During their apprenticeship they develop skills and knowledge relevant your organisation under your guidance. The result is a loyal member of staff who understands your business and the role they play in its success. This explains why 70% of employers retain apprentices as permanent staff.
Apprenticeship Facts and Figures
87% of employers say they plan to continue hiring apprentices in the future
86% of employers say apprenticeships have helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
78% of employers say apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them to improve the quality of their product or service