Why now is the best time to recruit an Apprentice

19 Sep 2019 Blog Company

For businesses of all sizes and sectors, there has never been a better time to recruit talent into your organisation with Apprenticeships. Work-based learning provides a golden opportunity for you to equip your workforce with nationally recognised, sector-specific qualifications, enabling your staff to develop their skills and grow your business.

Read on for our top reasons why you should recruit talent into your business with Apprenticeships, and how you can find the perfect recruit:

Build your workforce of the future

The Department of Education’s Employer Skills Survey found that the number of skills shortage vacancies has more than doubled to 266,000 since 2011. This directly impacts the economy with increased recruitment costs for employers and the potential to have a long-time unfilled position, both of which slow down your productivity.

Recruiting with the offer of professional development and a nationally-recognised qualification ensures you are equipping potential or existing employees with the vital sector-specific skills you need for your business.

A more engaged and productive workforce

It’s been well established that a more engaged workforce is a more productive one, with Apprenticeships contributing an estimated gross productivity gain of £2.4 billion to the UK economy (CEBR).

Once Apprentices are qualified, 68% of employers recorded improvements in productivity, 87% saw a rise in staff morale and 72% reported increased product/service quality. This highlights that staff training brings a myriad of positive benefits that can make a real difference to businesses, not only with productivity but workforce happiness too.

Employers also reported that Apprenticeships bring added gains beyond productivity, including a better sector image and staff retention: Eighty percent of companies who invested in Apprenticeships reported a significant increase in employee retention, and 92% said Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce (NTfW).

Reduced training costs

Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way of employing new staff. By developing your workforce with Apprenticeships fully-funded through the Government, businesses can drastically reduce training costs whilst bringing in specialist skills needed to further grow and develop your business.

And don’t forget, if your business is paying into the Apprenticeship levy, now is the time to use those funds before they’re gone!

Take advantage of our fully-funded recruitment service

Recruiting a new employee can be a costly and time-consuming process, especially when it comes to advertising and sifting through applications. This is where we come in. Employers of all sizes and sectors can take advantage of our fully-funded recruitment and delivery service. We can advertise the vacancy on your behalf as well as sort through the initial applicants to make the process as easy as possible for you.

Interested in hiring an Apprentice through our fully-funded recruitment and delivery service? With a wide range of different routes on offer, find out more and get in touch here: https://www.alstraining.org.uk/employers

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