The Benefits of Employing an Apprentice in Manchester
BUILD A MOTIVATED, SKILLED AND QUALIFIED WORKFORCE
According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most businesses employ an Apprentice to improve the skills base within their business. Apprentices not only gain valuable work experience and on the job training, they also learn academic theory in classroom based lessons in local Manchester based training providers or Colleges. Therefore, Apprentices acquire new skills in the academic environment, and then have the opportunity to apply them in a real job. This ultimately means your business acquires trained, qualified and skilled staff.
IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY WHILE REDUCING COSTS
According to Karen Woodward, Deputy Director at the Skills Funding Agency, greater productivity is reported by around 72% of apprentice employers, with the average Apprenticeship completer increasing business productivity by £214 per week. The lower rate of National Minimum Wage for Apprentices coupled with their youthful enthusiasm and desire to succeed means your business can achieve both financial and productivity benefits.
IMPROVE YOUR BOTTOM LINE
Hiring an Apprentice is a great way to boost your bottom line; this is due to Government funding that can pay for the cost of training the Apprentice, which can be TOTALLY FREE depending on certain criteria. Grants are also currently available that can, depending on criteria, net your business £1500 towards the cost of employing an Apprentice. In terms of wage costs, Apprentices are paid at a lower rate of National Minimum Wage. We will do all the hard work to secure the necessary funding, for further information on this, see our funding section on our website.
FILL YOUR SKILLS GAPS AND STAY UP TO DATE WITH INDUSTRY STANDARDS
A report from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) in January found that 146,200 job vacancies were unfilled due to a lack of skills. Apprenticeships are widely recognised as the solution to this problem as Apprentices will learn your required skills in the academic environment and will then be able to apply it to the workplace. The key is to first identify what skills shortages your business has before you take on an Apprentice. Once you identify your requirements, you can then employ a suitable Apprentice whose training will address the identified skill gap. For more info visit the GOV.UK website HERE.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AVAILABLE FUNDING
There are various government funded grants available to businesses that employ Apprentices or even just up skill their existing staff. In some cases the cost of training will be TOTALLY FREE. We can handle this for you for free, simply contact us with your requirements and we will let you know what funding routes will be available to you.
IMPROVE STAFF RETENTION
Apprenticeships help to create a dedicated, loyal workforce. This is because most Apprentices are school or college leavers, who are eager to succeed and progress within your organisation. In today’s tough economic climate, high unemployment rates effect the British youth the hardest as opportunities are few and far between. Nearly all the students we have spoken to are looking to join companies that will train and develop them while allowing them the opportunity to climb the ladder within the chosen organisation.
INTRODUCE FRESH NEW IDEAS
Apprentices bring enthusiasm and energy to the workplace as they are eager to learn and bring fresh ideas that can be built upon. Young people often bring knowledge of modern technology such as social media. This can be particularly helpful in this growing digital age where such platforms are becoming essential communication and customer service channels.
REDUCE RECRUITMENT COSTS
Employing an Apprentice not only saves money via lower wages, but also saves you money that a typical recruitment agency may charge, which is normally 10-20% of the employee’s salary for the first 6 months. At Northern Apprenticeships & Business Training we do not charge you, the employer, anything for taking on an Apprentice as our costs consist of commission paid from the Training Provider’s fees.
If you are an employer who wants to employ an Apprentice in Manchester, you can find out more information by CLICKING HERE. As specialist Apprenticeship Recruitment Agents our recruitment service is TOTALLY FREE for employers and students to enjoy. We get paid via commission from training providers meaning we can give you as much help as possible without incurring any costs to your business.