Employers

The Proven way to build your workforce of the future

How will an apprentice benefit my business?

Apprenticeships are the proven way to train your workforce. Apprenticeships can make your organisation more effective, productive and competitive by addressing your skills gaps directly, even in uncertain economic times.

There are real business benefits to taking on apprentices. This section outlines these benefits as well as answering other questions you may have about Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship programme has been designed to help your employees reach a high level of competency and performance and with over 180 different types of Apprenticeships, there’s bound to be a place for an apprentice in your organisation.

An an employer, you will benefit from:

  • Positive return on investment – from higher productivity, quality of work, staff retention and employee satisfaction
  • Increased competitiveness – resulting from a highly skilled workforce
  • Higher quality of work – from day one Apprentices are given the tools to do their job and their quality of work is monitored and assessed.
  • Reduced costs – usually businesses find costs are reduced by improved productivity, supported government funding and less waste.
  • Improved recruitment – businesses need new blood to ensure they are able to deliver their strategic business objectives. By offering Apprenticeships, they find it easier to recruit able young people.
  • Increased staff retention – Apprenticeship programmes reduce external recruitment costs as a result in high retention rates. This gives businesses stability and a competitive advantage in a tight labour market by reducing training and recruitment costs

Apprentices trained within your company will provide a strong foundation to your staff base and show your commitment to the future development of your business.

What is our role as a training provider?

Sandwell Training Association will provide an employer representative who will guide and support you through the process. We will work with you to:

  • Help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you
  • Explain the way that Apprenticeships might work for you and if funding is available
  • Agree a training plan with your Apprentice
  • Recruit an Apprentice or support your existing staff into Apprenticeships
  • Manage the training and evaluation to ensure they have the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future
  • Helping you develop your workforce to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector

What are my responsibilities as an employer?

  • Give your apprentice an induction into their job role and provide the on the job training
  • Allow one of our trained assessors on site in your company to assess your Apprentice
  • Pay your Apprentice’s wage (this will reflect their skills, experience, ability and the going rate for the job role)
  • Adhere to health and safety regulations and hold a current employers liability insurance document

What do I do next?

If you are interested in finding out more information on how an Apprentice could benefit your business or if you would like more details on how we can help you to up-skill your current workforce, please contact 01384 566981. Alternatively, please contact us to arrange an on site visit to one of our Apprentice training centres to see them in their learning environment.

Employer Grant (AGE 16 to 24)

If you are a business employing up to 1000 employees and interested in recruiting a young apprentice you could be eligible to receive the £1,500 grant.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your training requirements

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