Employ an Apprentice

Why Employ an Apprentice?

What is an Apprenticeship?

The Apprenticeship scheme is a government-funded programme enabling people of all ages to train whilst they are working. Apprenticeships are nationally recognised qualifications open to anyone aged 16 or over who is not in full-time education. Apprentices can be new or existing employees.

There are over 250 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,400 different job roles within a variety of industry sectors. These range from business admin and engineering to IT and teaching assistants.

At Stratford-upon-Avon College, apprentices usually carry out most of their learning on-the-job at your premises, with additional off-the-job training provided by our dedicated team of teaching staff and assessors.

Our programmes not only provide an invaluable first step on the employment ladder for young people, but are also an effective way to develop existing employee’s skills.

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you require for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

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What are the benefits to your business?

Apprenticeships are a unique way to grow your workforce. The learning takes place in the context of your own business, providing the apprentice with a combination of both practical skills and theoretical knowledge to gain a real understanding of the working world.

Therefore, Apprenticeships offer a career route into your organisation and an invaluable opportunity to grow the skills you need now and for the future.

Motivate your workforce

Apprentices are eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the organisation that invests in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Supporting a training programme for existing employees demonstrates your commitment to staff development and in turn, leads to a more motivated and loyal workforce.

Improve your bottom line

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, with Apprenticeships helping employers to improve productivity and become more competitive.

Training apprentices can also be more cost effective, leading to motivated staff and increased job satisfaction within your workforce. Many employers who invest in an apprentice will rapidly reclaim what they’ve spent as the productivity of the apprentice increases.

Benefits in Numbers

  • A more engaged workforce:

    92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction. 80% of employers feel that Apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.

  • Increased competitiveness:

    80% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.

  • A better image:

    81% of consumers favour using companies which employ apprentices.

  • Future planning:

    83% of employers rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers they need for the future.

Our Qualified and Experienced Staff

“Having worked as a Head Chef, I have produced meals for the heads of multinational companies as well as famous faces like the Prince of Wales.”

Bryan Anderson
Bryan AndersonTeam Leader, Work Based Learning - Hospitality & Catering

“I have spent over 15 years in the FE sector both teaching and managing work-based programmes, and have managed key accounts with local authorities and the NHS.”

Stevie Edmund-Jones
Stevie Edmund-JonesHead of Employer Engagement, Work Based Learning

Apprenticeship Levy

The apprenticeship levy has been created by HM Government as a key way to fund and encourage increased uptake in apprenticeships. It will be introduced in April 2017, and will only be payable for employers with a payroll in excess of £3 million. It will be set at a rate of 0.5% of the wage bill and collected via PAYE. The levy is expected to double the funding that is available for apprentices to £3 billion per year by 2020 and will fund the government’s target of 3 million new apprenticeship starts.

The Government has released the first of a set of guidelines to help employers understand how the levy will work:

We can offer advice on the possible approaches to expanding existing programmes or implementing programmes for the first time. We will help you make the most out of the apprenticeship levy, by helping you understand how apprenticeships can work in your business.

Want to know more?

Would you like to find out more about what our dedicated Employers Team at Stratford-upon-Avon College can do to help you and your business?

Please contact our team directly by calling 01789 417 414, by emailing hello@stratford.ac.uk or by completing the contact form.

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