How can apprenticeships help improve your business efficiency?
Posted: 4th of February 2019 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Pearson Business School - Can Apprenticeships help your business?
Apprenticeships are a useful tool but their potential impact on businesses is often unnoticed. It is a cost-effective way to uniquely train a workforce to a particular business. According to the 2017 Apprenticeships Evaluation Survey...
- *96% of employers with apprentices have experienced at least one benefit from taking on apprentices, and most can count at least 8 benefits.
- *86% of employers said that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the organisation, and to fill the skills gap.
- *73% of employers say that staff morale is improved by having apprentices.
So how can an apprentice improve business efficiency?
1. Fill Skills Gaps
Hiring apprentices can be an effective way to fill skills gaps in a business. If there is an area that noticeably requires improvement, apprentices can be trained from a lower level to acquire those skills and fill the gap. Apprentices can progress their qualifications from Level 2 (GCSE) to Level 7 (Master’s degree) meaning that providing apprentices with specific skills to your business can inspire staff retention as these individuals will be committed to the company and its objectives.
“Apprentices can bring a fresh and varied perspective to an established team. Always willing to learn, take on new information, and develop a range of skills, apprentices prove to be flexible and diligent workers.” - Kerry Parker, Degree Apprentice Employer.
Apprenticeships consist of an individual contributing to the workplace whilst simultaneously learning. Apprentices spend a lot of time gaining skills on the job and then attend a training provider once a week (sometimes they are block released.) Further, even though employers are expected to pay the wages of their apprentices, government funding is available to cover a lot of the training costs.
3. Motivated and Enthusiastic
An apprenticeship is generally someone’s first job, meaning that they have an increased sense of motivation to prove themselves and perform well. In the case of higher and degree apprenticeships, successful candidates have been up against many other applicants meaning that they will value their role and continue to perform to a high standard throughout their course.
“My degree apprenticeship has improved my efficiency at work by contextualising my off the job learning. Much of the theory learnt within my degree can quickly be applied in the workplace, leading to a more educated decision making process when approaching important tasks at work. The combination of work and study leads to a deeper understanding of key concepts, which in turn can benefit my job performance.” - Jordan Kemp, Degree Apprentice in Business to Business Marketing
4. Attraction of the best candidates
As mentioned previously, lots of apprenticeship roles are competitive. Therefore, the recruitment processes allow the attraction and selection of the best candidates for the role. Applicants are aware of the sometimes rigorous recruitment processes and are therefore more determined to demonstrate why they would be best placed for the role. This creates a talent pipeline from a bottom-up level, creating a platform for the development of apprentices.
Apprentices can often bring a fresh approach or “fresh pair of eyes” to the workplace, part of a positive attitude that can influence existing staff members. Commencing an apprenticeship displays a willingness to learn and generate new ideas. This fresh insight can challenge or evidence business decisions and provide an alternative perspective to aid problem solving. Apprentices studying a degree alongside their work might be able to apply theories that they are learning to the workplace, bringing an up-to-date business opinion that could challenge and hence improve current business practices. Also, apprentices may be required to complete projects that could be focused on an issue at work, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between employer and apprentice.
Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to benefit your business. For more information about Pearson College London’s degree apprenticeship programmes, visit their website.
* 2017 Apprenticeships evaluation survey
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