National Apprenticeship Week from Cluer HR

This week is National Apprenticeship Week, this event highlights and celebrates how apprentices are reshaping the world of education and employment, addressing labor challenges, and creating thousands of life-changing opportunities for people at every stage of their careers.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job associated with a training and career development program lasting a minimum of 13 months. The exact duration is determined by the relevant professional training standard and will depend on the hours contracted and previous learning factors. Some high-level professional training can be more than five years.

Apprenticeships can be full-time or part-time. They are suitable for those over 16 who have a contract of employment for the duration of the training.

The purpose of an Apprenticeship is to help people gain new knowledge, skills, and behaviours to improve their competency in an occupational role. In addition, they can help new staff develop into their roles and offer existing staff career development qualifications. Therefore, the apprenticeship standard chosen must relate to the person’s job role training.

What are the benefits for employers?

For employers, apprenticeships represent a ‘win-win’ situation in which the company benefits from new skilled staff members while allowing people to gain experience and establish themselves in new careers.

1. Job-specific training
Apprenticeships often require on-the-job training and off-the-job learning, allowing candidates to acquire new skills that can be adapted specifically to the needs of your business.

The ability to teach young people with a fresh perspective and enthusiasm will help you tackle the potential skill deficiencies that exist in your business. You can develop and develop your talent by working with your training provider on this issue and investing in job-specific skill development. In addition, apprenticeships are more work-related than any other form of learning.

While many begin the path of apprenticeship early in their careers, it’s important to note that apprenticeships aren’t exclusively for young people. All ages can complete a training program to acquire new qualifications and skills.

2. Demonstrates you’re investing in your employees
Offering an apprenticeship program can show a willingness to invest in and develop the workforce, providing current employees a genuine reason to be optimistic about their future prospects. Businesses that are willing to invest in their employees demonstrate a positive approach that can be useful for hiring future employees.

In addition, by providing this training, you emphasise to your customers that you are investing in the development of the products or services they receive.

3. Lower staff turnover
Which path the trainees decide to take after their qualification is their own preference. Often apprentices choose to remain with the employer they completed their apprenticeship with – you have offered them the opportunity to learn and earn money from their salary.

Apprentices are therefore likely to feel valued and point out opportunities to further develop their work. This can be a huge benefit to your company as there is less staff turnover coupled with the minimal cost of constantly recruiting and training new employees.

4. Refresh your business
Apprentices tend to be willing to learn, have a positive attitude, have new ideas, and can have a positive impact on existing staff. After all, a positive and content workforce is more likely to perform better than a demoralised workforce.

So, during National Apprenticeship Week 2022, let’s celebrate our apprentices, their impact on our projects, and their role in building the future.

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