Could your business benefit from an apprentice?

October 31, 2019

What are the benefits of apprenticeships?

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:

  • Expand and grow your business with positive long term development, through utilising the skill sets of enthusiastic new learners.
  • Nurture and grow your own talent.
  • Provide opportunities to create strong working relationships with your employees, allowing you to grow your business from the bottom up.
  • Train your apprentices with fresh industry-specific knowledge, so they are up to date from the beginning.
  • Experience minimal downtime, as their training is ‘on the job’.
  • Tailored your apprentice’s skills to your employer, meaning they think and act in the interests of your business from day one.

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.

A Successful Apprenticeship

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.

‘How do you feel about apprenticeships in general?’

‘I think they are important, and they offer you the foundation for working in the industry’.

‘Would you take on an apprentice or recommend taking on an apprentice to anybody else’.

‘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’.

‘Do you feel that taking on an apprentice is in some ways more beneficial than hiring somebody fully trained?’

‘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.’

Where can I look for support?

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:

Financial concerns

There are plenty of funding options available, which your relevant training provider will be able to guide you through.

Help throughout the process

They will be able to help you through every step of the process, from finding the right candidate to supporting them throughout their training.

Provide a dedicated training officer

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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