Business benefits of taking on an Apprentice

If you are looking to grow your business and take on new staff, then why not consider taking on an apprentice? With apprenticeships available in a wide range of subjects, from business administration and marketing through to construction and IT, they provide businesses with the opportunity to develop new talent for the future.

We have asked some leading experts in the fields of apprenticeships what the key business benefits of taking on an apprentice are, and here is what they said…

Phil Stittle, Director of Business Development at West Suffolk College

  1. Apprentices bring new ideas, passion and energy to the organisation
  2. Apprentices increase productivity
  3. Apprentices help address the ageing workforce issue (allows the passing of skills and knowledge to the apprentice)
  4. Apprentices allow your organisation to grow
  5. Apprentices receive high quality training which is supported by Government funding

Luke Minshall, Senior Recruitment Executive at 3aaa

  1. Grow your team while keeping staff costs down – the average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week
  2. Make hiring simpler and cheaper – high-quality training providers help you with the entire process: recruiting an apprentice, customising a training programme, accessing funding and much, much more
  3. Develop new recruit to meet your needs – 82% of employers take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within their businesses
  4. Flexibility for existing employees – free up your existing workforce so they can do what they do best
  5. Give your team new skills and energy – 96% of apprentice employers say they are beneficial to their business

If these reasons aren’t enough to motivate you, then why not listen to the experience of a former apprentice who has seen first-hand what the business benefits are. Jess Morris, who herself completed an Apprenticeship at Le Mark Group and is now the company’s full time Product & Graphic Designer, as well as a young apprentice ambassador for Cambridgeshire, said:

“An apprenticeship is a great way for young people to learn, grow and earn in their chosen career. It offers an alternative option to university as for a lot of people the debt and commitment can be very daunting and off putting.

“As an ex apprentice myself I know how an apprenticeship can reap great benefits for both the student and employers. The young apprentice ambassadors of Cambridgeshire are great examples of this, each with their own individual stories and experiences. The apprentice can gain new qualifications as well as grow within the business. Plus, as the apprentice’s programme is tailored around the company, it allows them to flourish and become extremely knowledgeable in their line of work. All in all, myself, and many other apprentices, have become an asset to our respective teams.”

You can find out more about apprenticeships here.