For employers, one of the biggest investments you will ever make is in recruiting and training the best quality staff. Apprenticeships offer you access to government funds to support the training of apprentices and there are various incentives available from time to time.
You would be advised to talk to your local college or a private training provider to find out more but the following may be of interest and value:
- You may already be offering work-experience to a young person and it might be that you could recruit them as an apprentice.
- It is best to seek advice from a local college or training provider on apprenticeships and how they work.
- All apprenticeships will require time away from the work place for ‘off-the-job’ training and this will be organised either on a day release basis or through the apprentice attending short blocks.
- The learning which takes place at work is an essential part of the apprenticeship. This is called ‘on-the-job learning and employers have an important role in supporting this.
Visit the information section to find a range of booklets and information on apprenticeships and what you need to consider if you are thinking about employing and apprentices.
You might also be interested to read the profiles of a few people who started out as apprentices.