What are Apprenticeships?
An Apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.
Quality is key to Apprenticeships – providing high quality training that benefits both apprentices and employers.
Apprenticeships deliver for businesses and help them grow by:
- Reducing training and recruitment costs
- Increasing productivity and your bottom line
- Developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
- Improving customer service results
- Providing financial return on investment.
More than 100,000 employers, in over 160,000 workplaces, currently use Apprenticeships to attract new talent, re-skill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors in England. Employment is a fundamental part of an Apprenticeship. An apprentice must be employed in a job role with a productive purpose.
Improve your bottom line
Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, helping to improve productivity and competitiveness. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.
Fill your skills gaps
Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need 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.
Motivate your workforce
Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested 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.
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:
- 1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
- 2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships
- 3 - Higher Apprenticeships
For more information on Higher Apprenticeships view the factsheet.
Whether you are a big or small employer, there is lots of information available to you about hiring an apprentice by going to www.apprenticeships.org.
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