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October 31, 2019
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October 31, 2019
There has been a major drive in recent years to encourage businesses, particularly those in the trade industries, to take on apprentices. Richard Harpin, the founder of Enterprise Trust, says that ‘it is time for everyone to address the skills shortage in the UK and increase the number of apprenticeships’.
For those who may not be aware of the benefits of apprenticeships, we have outlined just a few of them below:
Are you interested in hiring an apprentice, but are unsure where to start?
The idea of taking on an apprentice may be overwhelming, to begin with, despite understanding the benefits of apprenticeships. You may be wondering: Where do I start? What are the financial implications? How do I begin the process? Well, the good news is that there is plenty of support and assistance available to get you going in the right direction.
We have been working with the Enterprise Trust, an independent nationwide charity that strives to provide businesses with the information and support they need to comfortably take on an apprentice. Last year, they sent a survey out to existing Checkatrade members which you may remember filling out. Their research shows that for many Checkatrade members, the idea of taking on an apprentice is appealing but that there are major concerns about the costs associated with taking on an apprentice or whether or not the educational side would be an issue. Thankfully, taking on an apprentice is not nearly as daunting as it can first appear to be.
We spoke to Danny Tickner, of Samsian Ltd, to hear about his thoughts on the benefits of apprenticeships and his own experience of taking on an apprentice.
‘I think they are important, and they offer you the foundation for working in the industry’.
‘I would certainly recommend to other businesses that they take on an apprentice, I was fortunate in that my current apprentice is my son, I knew he had longevity at the company, and it’s all about future growth’.
‘It depends on the workload and what’s required. If you are planning long term for the future then yes, it would be a fantastic investment to hire an apprentice.’
The Enterprise Trust work closely with several training providers who understand the core values and support their mission to encourage businesses to take on enthusiastic apprentices. These providers; JTL training, CITB and ‘GROW’ specialise in a particular industry and will be able to provide you with the help you need with any:
There are plenty of funding options available, which your relevant training provider will be able to guide you through.
They will be able to help you through every step of the process, from finding the right candidate to supporting them throughout their training.
They will assign you a dedicated training officer, who will be there to guide and support both yourselves and your apprentice throughout the duration of the process.
If you would like to find out more information about hiring an apprentice or to see which of these training providers would be suitable for your needs, take a look at the Enterprise Trust.
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