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Boost your Business with an Apprentice

If you’re running your own business and employ people, you may find that you have problems with staff retention.  Keeping your staff happy is an essential part of managing a business, after all, they are usually on the front line and represent the public face of your business, so you want them to be cheerful and helpful when they serve your customers or provide services for your clients.  If you’ve experience a rapid turnover of staff in your business, you may be wondering just what it takes to get them to stay.  Some staff members will see working for you as a step on the ladder towards career progress – if so, wish them well as they move on as this is a perfectly natural situation.  However, it sometimes seems that no sooner has an employee learned all the aspects of the job, they’re moving on and taking all the knowledge and skills working for you has provided them with!  Its’ only natural that some staff members will move on to higher paid jobs in the future and it’s difficult for a small business to compete pay-wise with bigger businesses.  This is why taking on an apprentice can make so much sense for small business owners.

When you commit to taking on an apprentice via the Apprentice Scheme, it’s an investment in the future of your business, as well as the future of the apprentice.  It’s been revealed that companies that employ apprentices have a higher rate of staff retention here in the UK.  Just take a look at some of the other benefits of employing and training an apprentice:

  • Because hiring an apprentice is more cost-effective than hiring somebody skilled, your business benefits from the lower costs of training and recruitment.
  • The mix of on- and off-the-job training ensures that your apprentice will learn the skills that will best contribute to the success of your business.
  • Because your apprentice is likely to have thought about the future and chosen this career path, you’ll benefit from an increased motivation, enthusiasm and loyalty.
  • Your business is likely to experience an increase in productivity combined with an improvement in competitiveness and competency.    
  • Taking on an apprentice is a cost-efficient method of filling any skills gaps because you can ensure that the apprentice will develop the specialist skills necessary for your business.
  • The apprentice is likely to learn about new technology during off-the-job training and can pass on this knowledge to you and other employees.

Apprenticeships are suitable for businesses in a wide range of sectors and it’s a great way of benefiting your business with some fresh talent.  An apprentice will help to provide your workforce with practical skills and the qualifications your company needs now and in the future.  Your business will benefit from a loyal and motivated workforce that has been trained to meet the specific demands of your business.

To find out more about taking on an apprentice, why not do some research on the government website – there’s all sorts of information and help available on the different types of apprenticeships on offer.