A fresh view on situations
Typically, apprentices tend to be of a younger age (but not essential), which means they may have a fresh perspective on approaches processes. Sometimes they may also ask questions that may push managers to re-think their decisions or way of doing things. From something as simple as social media tips to a fresh analytical approach to problem solving to a simple “why” on an approach taken – there are so many benefits apprentices can offer to a business! This could help in keeping up with technological advancements in your field and creating a culture of inclusivity.
Improved retention rates
Hiring an apprentice can also contribute to a reduced employee turnover. Studies indicate that upon completion of their apprenticeship, many employees tend to stay with the same employer. This is a benefit to businesses; organisations can nurture talent from the onset and train them to be invested in the business for long rather than look for options outside in the job market.
Making an organisation more attractive to join
At Signify, diversity and inclusion go beyond racial or gender diversity. We actively work towards including early career talents and ensuring they have an active role to play in the team they are part of. In the past, we have seen that having a healthy generational mix in the team, makes the organisation more attractive to work in as this gives a message on our commitment to having a progressive work culture. Therefore, hiring apprentices can address issues like shortages in skilled workers, whilst simultaneously diversifying your workforce and helping your business become more inclusive.
What's in it for apprentices?
Beyond earnings and obtaining a formal qualification (up to degree level), there are a range of other rewards for taking on an apprenticeship. From learning 'on the job', to social and network opportunities, financial perks to paid leave and a recognised qualification without typical university student debt – the list is endless.
Experience + Training + Learning = a perfect recipe for success
As much a fair remuneration is an attraction for any apprentice, the benefits go way beyond. From structured training whilst gaining valuable workplace experience, learning on the job while applying skills to real-life situations, there is so much to learn that goes back to lessons and beyond the books. There are thousands of top-quality options ensuring the right balance of learning and experience out there now, with many apprenticeships in leading companies. Alongside this, apprentices get to work towards a qualification, whether it be A-Levels or a degree, with the cost of education being covered by the apprenticeship levy. An additional incentive to take an apprentice role!
High quality training
More and more people are choosing to do an apprenticeship which are designed by employers to ensure people have the skills and experience needed to get a good job in a top sector. Apprenticeships help people to get the necessary skills and experience to succeed in their chosen career. Safe to say, an apprenticeship is a great way to bridge the gap between finishing education and kickstarting your career.