An apprenticeship is a government funded scheme designed to fill a vocational skills gap for people in the labour market.
- Over 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
- 81% of consumers favour using companies that take on apprentices
Many apprenticeships are at higher levels of training and for new professions such as sales, bid management, marketing and hundreds of others.
The apprenticeship can be used to recruit new talent or to equip existing staff of any age or education level with the new knowledge, behaviours and skills their development needs. Typically it needs a commitment of between fifteen months and two years.
Apprentices are normal employees, but you commit to providing on the job training, supporting your apprentice to attend (usually monthly) training workshops and give them time to complete other training assignments designed to make them occupationally competent.
In return, you are allowed (if you wish) to flex the apprentice’s pay structure.
The government pays 95% of training costs for smaller companies and, via the Apprenticeship Levy, 100% for larger companies. Employers of younger apprentices may be eligible for an additional grant. More importantly, you gain both economically and in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility.
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