Why should your company hire an apprentice?

The proof is in the numbers – 96% of employers have reported seeing the benefits to their business by taking on an apprentice, according to The National Apprenticeship Service.

So if you've been toying with the idea of taking one on, here's a rundown of the business benefits for companies just like yours.

The benefits are clear to see

Apprenticeships have moved forward dramatically in recent years, and have become a really exciting opportunity for both you the employer, and the apprentice.

That’s because now, there are many different apprentice levels and training programs available, and as an employer, funding is available from the Government to give you that additional help.

We’ve broken it down so you can see how your business could grow with an apprentice by your side

Apprentices are the present and the future

The role of your apprentice is there for you to mould while keeping in mind the needs of your company. This makes them super flexible; you can tailor it to match may what be a growing demand in your sector,

The bonus? You will effectively begin training your new employee to behave, act and think in the interests of your business from day dot. No need to worry about bad habits from previous trade roles, you can build them up to be your ideal employee. 

Apprentices are a breath of fresh air

It’s easy for staff morale to become sluggish, just going through the motions day by day. What better way to give your team a kickstart than with some new and eager talent?

Your apprentice will bring bags of energy, not to mention a fresh perspective and new ideas. After all, the National Apprenticeship Service website states that 96% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to their business. 

Apprentices can open doors

Your apprentice is there to help boost your business, providing an extra hand when needed (not to mention all the doors those hands could open!).

Whilst hyping up productivity with team members, industry research has revealed 77% of employers agreed that taking on apprentices helped to make their organisations more competitive, while more than 80% of customers prefer to buy from companies that employ apprentices. 

Apprentices are the secret ingredient to success

Let’s face it – hiring an apprentice is cheap as chips. If you’re struggling with the cost of taking on a new employee but can’t meet the current demand, then an apprentice could be the special ingredient.

80% of an apprentice’s training is completed on the job, so during this time, you’ll essentially have a full-time employee on your side – one who is levelling up day by day learning new abilities and plugging skills gaps in your business. 

Apprentices are loyal

Not only are you hiring an ally for right now, but you’re also securing your future. Industry research from the National Apprenticeship Service shows 90% of apprentices stay on in their place of work after completion of their placement.

This will also help create a wave throughout the rest of the team, with further data from the National Apprenticeship Service showing 80% of companies with an apprentice have reported a significant increase in employee retention. Happy team, happy customers, happy work life. 

Apprentices are the next generation of trade

With so many options now available to apprentices, they’re steadily becoming the future of the trade industry. All many young people want to do once they finish school is start earning. Apprenticeships allow them to do just that.

Your apprentice could train in a state-of-the-art facility with top mentors across the nation. With regularly updated programmes, your apprentice will be taught the most up-to-date skills and knowledge that can in turn be introduced to the rest of your workforce. 

Apprentices are light on the wallet

Whilst you still have to dip into your pocket to pay your apprentice, it’s much lower than those employees who may already be qualified. Remember, you’re paying a lower salary for an employee who could be trained by top tutors.

Just make sure you keep an eye on the National Minimum wage requirements as these are subject to change. 

Here’s how you get started

If you’re ready to take on an apprentice, you don’t have to do it alone.

We’ve created a shiny, new Jobs Board, an online directory of the best trade apprenticeships available right now.

We know the UK construction industry needs more completed apprenticeships to fuel economic growth, and we’re here to make that goal easier to achieve – for both apprentices and employers.

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Got any questions? We can help

If you have any questions about the cost of an apprenticeship to your business, the available funding options, or questions about the apprenticeship levy, we can help.

If you’re ready to start looking for an apprentice, our jobs board could help you find the perfect candidate for your business. Take a look at our jobs board now