Why hire an apprentice?

Information for employers

Why hire an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are a great way to provide sustainable training to your workforce. They are a cost effective way to upskill your existing staff or grow your workforce by recruiting enthusiastic new employees into your business.

What are the benefits to your business?

Apprentices can bring many benefits to your business, enabling you to grow your skill base and boost productivity. According to the DfE Apprenticeship Core Brief from November 2016, 76% of employers said that their company’s productivity had increased after recruiting apprentices.

Apprenticeships are a great way to tackle skills shortages whilst providing CPD to existing staff, ultimately boosting confidence, motivation and morale of your employees. They can also help improve your staff retention levels.

Here at Progress to Excellence we understand the importance of high quality training to you and your business, and will support you at all stages of your training journey, providing an employer focused service. We also offer a free, fully managed apprenticeship service to help you recruit your next generation of staff.

Employers – if your apprentice is under the age of 25 and paid above the apprenticeship wage, you no longer need to contribute to their National Insurance Contributions. Contact us to find out more.

What is an apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification for those aged 16+
  • To undertake an apprenticeship, the staff member must have a contract of employment and work full-time (ideally 30 hours per week, but a minimum of 16 hours per week)
  • Apprenticeships are available to existing and new members of your workforce
  • Each course takes a minimum of 12 months to complete depending on the level
  • Apprentices will receive training and assessment towards the following:
    • Certificate or Diploma – assessing their ability to do the job
    • Technical Certificate – developing their skills, understanding their role and the sector they work in
    • Functional Skills – English, maths, and ICT (where applicable)
    • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills – including problem solving, team work, creative thinking
    • Employee Rights and Responsibilities – understanding your company’s contract of employment, health and safety and your organisation’s ways of working.
  • Your apprentice will learn new skills and develop their experience through:
    • Guided learning set by their assessor/trainer, including reading, doing internet research, and preparing for tests
    • Training on the job, including coaching from colleagues and in-house training / workshops
  • We will support you and your staff through all stages of the training to ensure the highest standards are achieved
  • Your staff will be assessed through a number of approaches, including observation in the workplace, professional discussions, answering questions, writing reflective accounts of their experiences at work, collecting evidence from the workplace and obtaining witness testimonies from managers and colleagues

What are your next steps?

If you would like to arrange training for your employees, contact our friendly team to discuss your options. We will then arrange come to discuss your training needs further, guide you through the application process and discuss apprenticeship funding.

You can contact the team by phoning 0151 650 6933, emailing info@progresstoexcellence.co.uk or by completing this enquiry form.