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Fire It Up! 5 reasons to bring Apprentices into your business

25 Feb 2019

The clarion call of ‘Fire It Up’ is drawing attention to the many benefits of high quality Apprenticeship training.

There is a huge range of Apprenticeships available – in everything from accounting, to dental nursing, teaching, software development, digital marketing, gas engineering, HR support, and so much more – with opportunities to train to degree level.

Awareness is growing among young people, parents and employers of the great opportunities available– but some outdated perceptions and misunderstandings about Apprenticeships persist. 

If your business is not yet employing Apprentices, here are 5 key reasons it is time to look again.

1. Improve productivity and service quality

Whether you use Apprenticeships to upskill your existing workforce, or bring in new blood, there is strong evidence that Apprenticeships boost productivity. 

Seventy six percent of employers with an established Apprenticeship programme say that productivity in their workplace has improved as a result, while 75 percent report improvements to the quality of their product or service.     

2. Staff loyalty and a more diverse workforce

Investing in the development of your staff through an Apprenticeship is highly likely to be rewarded with increased staff loyalty and commitment to your business.  Indeed, 90 percent of Apprentices stay on in their place of work after completing an Apprenticeship. 

This is a real testimony to the two-way benefits that Apprenticeship training brings for employers and employees alike.  Apprenticeships can also help you to diversify your workforce.  

3. Training that is flexible and relevant

Apprenticeships have been given a complete overhaul in recent years.  The new standards for Apprenticeships have been developed in conjunction with leading employers in each sector to ensure they provide people with the skills and knowledge they need.

What’s more, there is a high degree of flexibility within each Apprenticeship.  You can adapt the training Apprentices receive according to the needs of your organisation.  

4. Greater awareness of Apprenticeships

Perceptions around Apprenticeships are shifting, with increasing numbers of young people now considering Apprenticeships as an option after they leave school.  Therefore the pool of talent that Apprenticeship employers can draw on is deepening and widening.    

Research from the Sutton Trust recently found that almost two-thirds of school leavers would be interested in starting an apprenticeship instead of going to university. This represents a nine percentage point rise since 2014, when 55 percent of young people said they were interested in the Apprenticeship route.

5. Bespoke help and support from City College Norwich

Apprenticeships are a three-way partnership between the employer, Apprentice and training provider.  Choosing the right training provider can help your business to maximise the benefits of Apprenticeships training.

City College Norwich is one of the largest Apprenticeship providers in the East of England.  We work closely with our employer partners to make sure you get what you need from an Apprenticeship and that the whole process is smooth and straightforward.        

We can work with your business to:

  • Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you
  • Explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for your business and what funding is available
  • Recruit an Apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships
  • Agree a training plan with your Apprentice
  • Manage the training and evaluation
  • Ensure that national quality standards are met and deliver integrated, coherent training

Find out more

If you are an employer who is looking to recruit an Apprentice, or would like to find out more about Apprenticeships, then we would love to hear from you. 

You can contact our Apprenticeship Team on (01603) 773365 or email us at employerpartnerships@ccn.ac.uk to discuss Apprenticeships and find out more about the next steps for your business.

The figures cited in this article come apprenticeships.gov.uk except where stated.

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