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How To Hire An Apprentice30th June 2011, 14:32
If the idea of taking on an apprentice has caught your attention, you’ll need to know exactly what steps you need to take to make that happen. Luckily, we’ve compiled this guide detailing everything you need to know about taking on an apprenticeship.
Why hire an apprentice?
First of all, you need to make an informed decision on whether your business would actually benefit from an apprentice. Research by the University of Warwick suggests that the potential returns for an employer with an apprentice are “significant.”
In 2008, research by Populus on behalf of the LSC found that 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive, and that 83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled staff for the future.
Of course taking on an apprentice is a big commitment, as you will be jointly responsible for the development of someone’s career path. If you’re thinking of just taking on a young person to pick up the slack, then the apprenticeship scheme might not be for you.
Next you’ll want to do some research to find out which training provider would be most suitable for your business and your new apprentice. The apprenticeship system is all about making sure the UK doesn’t suffer a skills gap, so you need to identify what skills your apprentice would need and match them accordingly with a training provider.
There’s plenty of advice and information to be found here at Not Going To Uni to help you decide on what’s best for your business. The Government’s National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) also has useful information.
When making your application through the NAS you’ll be asked how many people you currently employ, and by how many you are looking to expand with the apprenticeships scheme.
Once all the information you need is present and correct you’ll be able to start advertising for your new recruit.
There’s a range of options when it comes to advertising your vacancy. NAS has a free service, but you’ll want to spread the net as far as possible when it comes to advertising – and you can do this by posting your vacancy on Notgoingtouni.com.
The site gets between 50 and 60,000 visitors per month and its newsletter reaches upwards of 50,000 young people, careers advisors and teachers – meaning your vacancy is accessible to a lot of potential candidates
Before long you’ll have a handful of applications and you’ll be able to handpick the candidate or candidates you think are the best fit for your company and get them in to start bringing your business all the benefits of the apprenticeship scheme.