5 reasons to take on an apprentice in 2016
1. It is easier than you thought! – Taking on an apprentice is just like recruiting a regular staff member. The only difference is that you need to find a training provider that can deliver the vocational qualification. Our team of youth opportunities advisers can help you through all of the stages of recruiting an apprentice. See our short video below for more information.
2. Retention levels are good – Over 75% of young people complete their apprenticeship with their employer. Despite media coverage stereotyping young people as ‘lazy’ or ‘lacking motivation’ in employment, the CIPD report that employers who diversify their access routes with other employment methods like apprenticeships are more likely to find the right candidates for their business with increased loyalty and staff retention. Young people who undertake their initial training with an employer are more likely to stay with that employer, so your initial investment really does pay off. The earlier you invest in young people the better: Nestle says only 1% of its apprentices leave the organisation.
3. Invest in your local community – Many employers in Scotland don’t engage with education and employ young people, an estimated 70% of Scottish businesses have no contact with education. Direct links with schools and the formation of great partnerships have proved successful when recruiting. Recruiting local people will also improve your standing in the local community with the creation of jobs, decrease in youth unemployment and an increased sense of community. You will also see that local young people will have less barriers for getting to work e.g. travel.
4. Grow your own – Employing a young person doesn’t only give the young person a fantastic opportunity but it provides the business with “new blood”. An apprentice provides a youth perspective and brings innovation which may improve your business practice and potentially open up a new market audience. Hiring a young person with less business experience can actually be great for your business as you can mould them to fit your organisation, instead of working with someone that may have pre-conceived ideas.
5. It isn’t all about Modern Apprenticeships – There are over 70 Modern Apprenticeship (MA) frameworks in Scotland to choose from. What most employers don’t know is that they can pay for training themselves and choose a niche framework that isn’t on the MA list. Modern Apprenticeship training is usually funded partly or wholly by the government through Skills Development Scotland and not all apprenticeships are MA’s (for example, some jobs have no such MA framework) the employer can provide their own training, assessments and qualifications. One example of this is a local authority funded programme called Apprenticeships in Enterprise. The Apprenticeships in Enterprise project is part of Fife Council’s Culture of Enterprise initiative. Nineteen young people will gain a high quality, recognised vocational qualification and develop enterprise skills whilst employed in a Fife business. The aim is to embed a Culture of Enterprise in Fife by supporting young people to start and develop an enterprising career and inspire employers to deepen their engagement with schools and make more room for young people in their organisation.
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