This article has been submitted to us by Alex of the National Academy of Excellence. Alex started the company 3 years ago with his Brother Matt, when they spotted a gap in the market to help connect apprentices with the right company, helping the apprentice get on the career ladder, and helping a firm grow in a more cost effective fashion than traditional methods.
Taking on an apprentice can be cost-effective, rewarding and contributes to the wider economy in a much better way than traditional recruiting can. This article will discuss some of the benefits of employing an apprentice, as well as why the National Academy of Excellence can help your company with how to employ an apprentice.
Firstly, the cost! To employ an apprentice is obviously much lower than hiring a seasoned professional. When you take on an apprentice, they will always start on a lower salary due to the lack of experience. But not only that, the cost of recruiting them can be lowered even further by utilising government funding and subsidies that are available. The UK government has targets set to get more young people into work, and one method they are pushing is via apprentices. This is where my company comes in and really shines – we help businesses every day navigate the-not-so-clear-waters of funding, and ensure the process is smooth for you.
Another thing we have also found with our apprenticeships and the feedback we often get from clients, is that apprentices are generally more energetic, enthusiastic and willing to get stuck in. Sometimes when hiring a professional with experience, they tend to be a bit stuck in their ways, have bad habits, or have become a bit sceptical of work practices. They can also be harder to shape to your companies methods, processes and ethos. Whereas an apprentice comes in relatively fresh, is willing to really make an impression and impress, and can be moulded to you and your companies ways. Someone young will usually respond very positively if you treat them well and offer training and guidance along the way, and they give back more than they take!
You are also contributing more to the local economy and the country in general. The government is currently committed to a drive to get more younger people into work, as mentioned above, and by taking on an apprenticeship, you are helping to improve the statistics and local economy, much more than hiring someone older. This country needs more young people in work at the moment, to help kick-start the economy again and boost the unemployment percentages.
This video shows how people can benefit from an apprenticeship scheme:
Our apprenticeships are all on the job training 5 days per week, so you get the full benefit of having them working and learning for you at the same time.
The training is also superb, and fully funded by the National Academy of Excellence. We offer NVQ’s up to level 7, which is the equivalent of a Master’s degree. This is across a wide range of sectors, including Management, Warehousing, Business Administration, and much more. Check out our website for more info. An NVQ is an internationally recognised qualification, and proves that people can do the job they are in. It helps to develop them much better and teaches them the valuable skills unique to every role. Our training is all subsidised by government schemes again, so you really don’t have to worry about footing a bill for training costs! We can also offer this to any existing staff you may have working for you, again, funding is available, but it is a great way to encourage existing staff, show you care, and develop them into better members of your company. Research has proven that staff perform much better when training and development is offered, as they feel more secure and valued in their jobs, so work harder for you – it really does pay to get a structured training programme developed!
So there you have it – I hope this article shows you that it is well worth exploring if apprenticeships are right for your company, and I’m more than happy to help discuss further with anyone who wants to know more. Our team can help with any questions you have, and our website has a ton of valuable information too. If you’re interested in helping the economy, having a long-term, tailored member of staff, then get in touch today. Thanks for reading! Alex