This week marks National Apprentice Week, an annual campaign that brings together employers and apprentices from across the UK to promote this undervalued career path.
A growing number of organisations are choosing to offer an alternative route into the world of work, as opposed to the traditional pathway through higher education. Workplace and FM specialist Active Workplace Solutions, for example, is committed to hiring apprentices each year following a string of success stories, where numerous apprentices have stayed with the business after their scheme has finished.
So, to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Active has put together a short guide for anyone who might be thinking about hiring apprentices within their organisation.
Tackle skills shortage
When an apprentice joins your business, they will bring in a new set of skills and a fresh perspective. This will give you an opportunity to sculpt and assist with their development to ensure that they can thrive within your business.
A mentoring scheme is a great development opportunity for everyone involve – not just the apprentice. Mentors will have the chance to enhance their skill set and get hands-on experience supervising others, while the apprentice will have another point of contact in the organisation for all the technical questions and general advice they need.
Direct routes for progression within the business
An apprentice has real potential to grow within your business, and represent a great way to futureproof your workforce. Involving apprentices in business decisions from the outset will increase their responsibility and accountability, preparing them for when they may take up a senior role in the future.
Make use of the different programmes available
There are many different types of apprenticeship programmes to get involved in, from GCSE-level to school leavers and higher apprentices (which equate to the first year of undergraduate study). It’s worth looking on the GOV.UK website to find out about funding, various standards, general support and paying the apprenticeship levy.
Encouraging future leaders to work for you
A successful apprenticeship scheme will be sought after by future candidates. Those looking for apprenticeship schemes will be inclined to start their career with you if you have proven track record in supporting apprentices. So, choose the programme that is right for your particular organisation and that will support and develop your business and your newest recruit in the best way possible.
Adrian Powell, Co-founder and Director at Active, explained: “Apprenticeships are a great way of improving productivity and profitability, while attracting fresh new talent in the sector. We’ve been so lucky to have many apprentices move upwards through the business – some of whom continue to progress with us today.”