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Employers –

Develop your future workforce hire an apprentice!

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Why Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships can benefit a business by providing off-the-job training in a safe work environment, fostering a culture of learning and development, improve staff retention and promote diversity and inclusion.

92% of companies find that hiring apprentices boosts workforce motivation and satisfaction.

86% said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation.

80% have seen a significant increase in their employee retention.

On average, it’s estimated UK employers gain between £2,500 and £18,000 per apprentice annually during their training period.

Support for your business

Apprentices are supported by quality training from local training organisations.

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Beneficial for your business

Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development.


What are Apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with training, allowing people to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to be occupationally competent. They can be used to recruit new employees or to help retrain existing employees to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an Apprenticeship.

Top 10 Benefits of taking on an Apprentice

The business benefits for companies like yours are enormous, here’s why:

  1. Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, re-train or upskill existing staff or people returning to your business after a break
  2. Learning can often be done in your workplace, meaning minimal disruption and maximum impact
  3. Apprentices help you tackle skill shortages in your business
  4. Up to 100% funding could be available to support Apprenticeship programmes within your business (you will still need to pay the apprentice’s wages)
  5. Apprenticeships are good for your corporate social responsibility
  6. Apprentices can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business
  7. Apprentices provide you with the skilled workers you need for the future
  8. Apprentices are a great way of attracting people with fresh new ideas
  9. Apprentices provide a strong foundation to your staff base and show your commitment to the future development of your business
  10. Apprenticeships can encourage a culture of learning

The Facts

  • Up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time.
  • Apprenticeships are now designed by employers for employers and called Standards
  • Apprenticeships are available in 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries,
  • More than 1300 employers are involved in designing the new apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeship participation record stands at 871,800 funded apprentices participating on an apprenticeship in the
    2014 to 2015 academic year.
  • 19% of advanced apprentices progress to higher education.
  • Almost 9 out of every 10 apprenticeship employers hoping to achieve business benefits tell us that apprenticeships deliver – including 89% reporting that it has helped their business improve the quality of their product or service.
  • There are now higher and degree apprenticeships available, with more in development, including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
  • After finishing, the majority of apprentices (90%) will stay in employment (including 2% self-employed), with seven in ten (71%) staying with the same employer.
  • A quarter of former apprentices had received a promotion (23%) within 12 months of finishing, and for intermediate and advance apprentices, three quarters reported taking on more responsibility in their job after completing their apprenticeship.
  • 89% of apprentices are satisfied with their apprenticeship
  • 85% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.

Apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce

Businesses that offer Apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employ an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business.

Apprentices are supported by quality training from local training organisations.

Apprenticeships improve productivity while reducing cost

Apprenticeships are boosting productivity by enabling businesses to grow their skills base. The average Apprenticeship increases business productivity by £214 per week, with these gains including increased profits, lower prices and better products.

Apprentices are paid at least the relevant minimum wage and training costs are covered for many apprentices.

From accountancy to veterinary nursing, there are Apprenticeships covering more skills and industries than you would imagine.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.

Over 100,000 employers are employing or have employed quality apprentices in more than 200,000 locations.

The National Apprenticeship Service is there to support employers and has made it easier than ever to employ an apprentice.

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Inclusive Apprenticeships

An Inclusive Apprenticeship is a flexible, bespoke programme designed for those with additional learning needs and disabilities. Almost all Apprenticeships can be made accessible and having additional needs shouldn’t restrict people’s employment opportunities. Under section 20 of the Equality Act 2010, it is the duty of education and training providers, as well as other related service providers to make reasonable adjustments for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

A reasonable adjustment is a change made so that people with learning difficulties and disabilities are not placed at a disadvantaged compared to people without learning difficulties or disabilities.

A reasonable adjustment is a change made so that people with learning difficulties and disabilities are not placed at a disadvantaged compared to people without learning difficulties or disabilities.

  • Reasonable adjustments include things like:
    • changing the recruitment process so a candidate can be considered for a job
    • doing things another way, such as allowing someone with social anxiety disorder to have their own desk instead of hot-desking
    • making physical changes to the workplace, like installing a ramp for a wheelchair user or an audiovisual fire alarm for a deaf person
    • letting a disabled person work somewhere else, such as on the ground floor for a wheelchair user
    • changing their equipment, for instance providing a special keyboard if they have arthritis
    • allowing employees who become disabled to make a phased return to work, including flexible hours or part-time working
    • offering employees training opportunities, recreation, and refreshment facilities

Go to the Grants and Funding page to find out more about funding for employers when taking on apprentices with special educational needs and disabilities.

Do you have an Apprenticeship vacancy you’d like help promoting?

Our team are always out and about in schools, colleges and the wider community promoting apprenticeships and also the current vacancies available in the county.

If your organisation has an apprenticeship vacancy, or is thinking about hiring an apprentice, contact our team as we can help you.

Whether this be via promoting your vacancy directing to relevant people or by discussing how you can go about hiring an apprentice.

Give our team a call today:

Phone – 0300 666 3 666