National Apprenticeship Week
It’s National Apprenticeship Week! We’d just like to say to all the apprentices and employers out there keep up the great work. Apprenticeships counter youth unemployment and help improve the skills base in the UK. This week is all about raising awareness of apprenticeships so please share this article and spread the word!
Evidently, apprenticeships are great for the apprentice. They give them the opportunity to learn outside the classroom and a route into an industry that they have an interest in. Some young people have no interest in formal education, however when they get involved in an apprenticeship they thrive and develop rapidly. We recently attended an event in Birmingham for young people looking for work opportunities. The passion and drive that was evident in many of the young people was great to see, and really demonstrates why apprenticeships are so successful.
Alongside the benefits to the apprentice, businesses also experience many different benefits to employing an apprentice. Increase in employee motivation, reduction of recruitment costs and an increase in productivity are just a few of the common reports from companies. Apprentices increase business productivity by on average £214 per week. 96% of businesses report that an apprentice is beneficial to their business. Clearly, an apprentice is a huge asset to a business.
Help is Available
One of the main stumbling blocks businesses have when employing an apprentice is the cost of the training. Therefore, there are numerous funding provisions to assist with the cost of training. This, combined with the lower wage costs for an apprentice really soften the impact on the bottom line. If you throw in the increase in productivity the investment in training is very worthwhile. The fencing apprenticeship that we offer is funded and many businesses take advantage of this. The reduced cost of training coupled with the gain of a skilled staff member is too good to miss!
So, National Apprenticeship Week is all about raising awareness and creating opportunities. However, an apprenticeship is not just great for the apprentice, they are equally as beneficial to businesses.
If you’re interested in our apprenticeship scheme give us a call on 0121 476 4731