When it comes to taking on an apprentice, itís quite easy to dismiss the idea because you feel itís too complicated, too costly Ė or just would take up too much of your time. When youíre running a busy business, sometimes itís hard to visualise how you could fit it into your day.
So, we thought weíd help bust some common myths about taking on a trades apprentice. The reality is, there are loads of advantages to taking on an apprentice as a way of extending the skills set in your business, preparing your company for the increase in work that the industry is expecting.
1. Itís hard to find an apprentice to suit me and my company.
It can be difficult to find the time to organise recruitment when there are paid-for jobs to get done! But there are a few things you can do to make it an efficient process
- Use your government employer account (if you donít have one of these, itís easy and free to sign up) and create a free advert for your vacancy here.
- Register your interest here for a new free apprenticeship matching service being offered by the HomeServe Foundation. The Foundation is bringing trades and apprenticeship candidates together and offering a new service that makes taking on an apprentice as easy as possible.
- Post your vacancy with the CITB here. Itís a free online noticeboard for construction-related jobs/opportunities that recruiters and job-seekers use to apply for positions.
- If youíre in the West Midlands, get involved with the Try a Trade schools' initiative from the HomeServe Foundation, Amazing Apprenticeships and the West Midlands Combined Authority.
- Contact your local Job Centre.
- Ask family and friends. Thereís much more interest now in vocational education.
2. Apprenticeships cost businesses more than it's worth in value to them.
Research shows that hiring apprentices is an effective way to develop talent within your business and grow a motivated, engaged and skilled team of staff. Government statistics show that 78 per cent of employers with apprentices said that they helped improve productivity, with 86 per cent of employers saying that apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation. With various government funding available to help pay for training costs, depending on the specific organisationís circumstances, and potential incentives too, hiring an apprentice is likely to cost less than you might think. And with Government incentives of up to £4,000 towards wages in place until January 31, 2022, thereís never been a better time.
Look at this Apprenticeship Cost Calculator to see how much it will cost your business.
3. Apprentices need a paid day off every week to train.
While itís true at least 20% of an apprenticeís time should be spent on off-the-job training, itís actually fairly unusual for it to take the form of one day a week away from the workplace.
Many training providers organise the apprenticeship training in several blocks rather than weekly or even monthly days out. The employer can discuss various requirements they might have with training providers and work out a schedule that is a good option for everyone
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4. Apprenticeships are difficult to manage or administrate
There are certain things that a business needs to do in order to employ an apprentice, but if they already have other employees then the administration of this isnít usually extensive or complex and a good training partner will also assist organisations with what is required specifically for apprenticeships.
You can find out more about how to start an apprenticeship scheme in your business here.
5. Apprentices might leave after theyíve got their training
This is very unlikely. According to government research, around 65 per cent of apprentices remain in employment with the same organisation after they have completed their apprenticeship and 85 per cent stay in employment after that. This research was conducted amongst all types of apprenticeships, including degree level. But according to the Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF), the majority are loyal in the trades sector and remain with the firm.
The research also shows that around a third of apprentices, on average, receive a promotion within a year of finishing their programme.
If youíre thinking about taking on an apprentice, get in touch with the HomeServe Apprenticeship Academy. You can contact the team today.