Should Your Business Offer an Apprenticeship Scheme?

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APPRENTICES are ‘more employable’, according to a recent survey from 500 UK firms.

The findings were gathered by ICM Research who conducted online interviews with UK employers in February.

The companies were asked to rate employability of people with various qualifications. Those with higher, degree level, apprenticeship experience were found the most desirable for employability (BBC).

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock said: "We want apprenticeships or university to become the new norm for young people leaving school and higher apprenticeships are an excellent way to enter high-profile careers while also achieving a degree-level qualification."

Should Your Business Consider Offering Apprenticeships?

Top UK businesses are offering participants the opportunity to study and get paid at the same time. Companies such as British Airways and Price Waterhouse Cooper are involved in the current apprenticeship scheme.

These schemes do not only benefit the participant but also offer great incentives to businesses.

What Are The Business Benefits?

According to The National Apprenticeship Service, over 130,000 workplaces offer apprentice places because they understand the benefits that apprentices bring to their business – increased productivity, improved competitiveness and a committed and competent work-force.

The biggest benefit to employers is the ability to recruit talent. Apprenticeships will give your employees the skills and qualifications that your company needs.

How to Start an Apprenticeship Scheme?

The National Apprenticeship Service offers you steps to make it happen.
These steps include:
- Identifying your needs
- Finding a suitable training provider
- Confirming your current employees
- Beginning recruitment
- Choosing the best candidates

Does your business have an apprenticeship scheme? Please let us know what you think.

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