Apprenticeships are becoming more and more popular with young people – especially since the Apprenticeship Levy went live in April. Currently, 1 in 5 employers are investing in the training of more Apprentices.
There are a number of ways of getting your name out there as an outstanding apprenticeship employer. Depending on the level of apprenticeship that you’re offering – engaging with education can be a good start.
But, the question is – what do you get from it?
So, what are the benefits of taking on an Apprentice?
- First of all – 80% of employers state that apprentices have increased the productivity of their business. According to Apprenticeship News – the average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week;
- The skills and knowledge that your apprentice picks up can be passed on to their colleagues. This, in turn, boosts the overall performance of your team, with 96% of apprentice employers saying they’re beneficial to their business;
- You can actively develop your new recruits to meet the needs of your business. 82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses;
- Apprenticeships are now government funded, since the Apprenticeship Levy went live. Therefore, they’re now more affordable.
The Government’s Employer Guide to Apprenticeships really brings together the benefits of recruiting an apprentice into your business, aswell as a lot more information.
What’s the catch? What’s expected of us?
Well, for a start you must pay an apprentice at least the minimum wage – information on which can be found on the Government website.
There are also conditions for the environment that the apprentice will work in. Your apprentice must:
- Work with experienced and/or skilled employees;
- Learn job-specific skills, relevant to your industry;
- Study for a work-based qualification during the working week. This can be either at a college or a training organisation, for example.
How do I go about hiring an apprentice?
The process is summarised perfectly by the Government, on their ‘Employing an Apprentice‘ page. There are several steps to taking on an apprentice:
- Choose an apprenticeships framework or standard for an apprenticeship in your industry and at a suitable level;
- Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship framework or standard you’ve chosen;
- Check what funding is available to you;
- Advertise your apprenticeship;
- Select your apprentice, and make an apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement with them.
Work experience is still a relatively new concept in the world of Care. However, more employers are beginning to offer work experience as a means of finding the right person for the job, without the cost of recruitment.
Taking a young person on for work experience not only builds your company – it also helps to build the image of the Care sector, and the skills and knowledge of the young person. In many ways, it’s seen as a shortcut to finding the right people for your business.
What actually is work experience?
By taking someone on for work experience, you’re essentially agreeing to get them involved in similar jobs to those of your actual employees. It’s a very flexible opportunity. Work experience lets young people gain an insight into what it’s like to work in Care. It also gives you an opportunity to see how they perform in the environment, and whether or not they’re right for you.
Whilst work experience tends to be done by younger people, as I’ve already mentioned – others may try it if they’re considering a career change.
What are the benefits of it?
- Work experience benefits your other employees, by giving them opportunities to develop their supervisory and management skills;
- It’s basically free. There is no legal requirement for you to pay to offer work experience;
- As far as recruitment strategies are concerned – work experience is fantastic. If you’re looking to attract a younger workforce to your company, then work experience is a very good way of going about it;
- You’re essentially growing your own talent. Someone may come to you looking for work experience and, by offering it to them, you’re enhancing their loyalty to your brand, and developing their skills.
If you’d like more of a guide to offering work experience, as an employer, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills has created some useful content.