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Employers Guide to Apprenticeships

Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Taking on an apprentice really does provide your business with measurable benefits. Here are just a few reasons why you should support an apprentice in your work place:

Enthusiasm: The enthusiasm that apprentices bring to a team rarely fails to impress! Apprentices are not just working to earn a wage, they are working to learn new skills, gain a qualification and become an important member of a team. Give them some responsibility and watch them flourish with the right guidance.

Grow your own: Apprentices will come into your business and learn to work your way. This makes it easier to mould your work force to work to your company ethos, and will also help in creating a strong team work ethic. This also reduces the risk of hiring a new employee who already has their own way of doing things.

Fill a skills gap: From day one they will be learning relevant skills and help to raise the productivity and performance of your organisation. You can ensure that you are investing their training in the right places for your needs, the continued development of their skills means they will become a valuable asset.

Increase productivity: The idea that apprenticeships hinder business productivity is a myth. After an initial learning period, apprentices can add fresh, creative ideas to improve productivity.

The numbers say it all: The National Apprenticeship Service gathers data on the success of apprenticeships and employers’ perspectives, let’s look at the statistics:

  • 80% of businesses with apprenticeships reported that employee retention had improved.
  • 77% believe that apprenticeships make them more competitive.
  • Meanwhile, 92% think they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
  • And it’s not just employers who recognise the benefits of hiring apprentices. 81% of consumers would rather use a company that hires apprentices than one that doesn’t.

The benefits are a two way gain: Alongside the benefits to your business an apprenticeship is also of great benefit to the young person you choose. You are giving them a wonderful opportunity, you will help build the confidence that they need to believe in their own abilities. The guidance they receive from you will help them to excel and grow, both as an employee and personally.

Create a future leader: Apprentices are in a great position to grow within a business. After finishing, GOV.UK found that 77% of apprentices stay with the same employer and 57% of higher apprentices report getting a promotion after completing their apprenticeship.

SEAC can support both you and your apprentice: The idea of taking on an apprentice might seem a little daunting, they will require the support of a mentor. Fortunately, if you take on an apprentice with SEAC we will take all of the risk for you! We will provide you with a dedicated Apprenticeship Account Manager to support and guide both you and your apprentice through every step.

For more information on taking on apprentices with support from SEAC, get in touch with our team by emailing and one of our Account Managers will call you to discuss in more detail.

The National Apprenticeship Service have also produced an Employer Guide to apprenticeships – a great way to find out more information.