The employer benefits for taking on apprenticeships are increasing. A lot of young people are considering apprenticeships now more than ever before. With the increasing university fees, coupled with the lack of on-the-job training, apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular. Benefiting all parties involved, they could be an asset to your business and its development.
Why should you take on apprenticeships?
No matter what size business or industry you work in, taking on an apprentice can bring a number of benefits. People that undertake apprenticeships are usually highly motivated and keen to learn. With the aid of a mentor, on the job training means they are completing work whilst learning new skills, increasing business productivity.
What is the cost of taking on apprenticeships?
The overall cost of taking on and employing an apprentice alongside training them is not nearly as much as you would think; with the minimum wage for an 18-20 year old being just £6.45 an hour. Whilst we suggest employers pay more than this, as it only equates to £954.60 a month, it would still be a fraction of the cost of a fully qualified employee.
You may also be able to access a small grant from your city or county council that can run in conjunction with the AGE Grant that Enable can help you access.
Do you have to recruit someone new?
You can choose to put an existing member of staff through an apprenticeship. You do not have to create a new position in your business. This will show that you are willing to invest time and money in to your current employees. By doing so you make them feel more valued and supported with their professional development.
All of these benefits lead to a more committed and effective workforce; resulting in lower staff turnover and a healthier bottom line.
How to take on apprenticeships with Enable
Employers thinking of fast tracking businesses into the future by taking on apprenticeships, check out the stages of recruiting an apprentice. Alternatively, contact us for information about how you can put an existing member of staff through an apprenticeship.