Four good reasons why you should hire an apprentice
Apprenticeships are growing rapidly in importance in the business community as a valuable route to filling the skills gap, enhancing productivity and enabling business to grow.
There’s more focus and opportunity for businesses to recruit apprentices, and research published by the government in February 2017 revealed that 96% of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) report at least one business benefit to hiring an apprentice.
But why should you consider bringing an apprentice into your company? Crawley College has four good reasons for you:
1. Flexible training delivery to meet your skills needs
Crawley College will work with you to ensure that our training approach fits your business model. We work with a huge range of industries and can support your business with apprenticeships at every level – if you can’t find what you need, they will look to design a bespoke programme that meets your needs.
2. Improved productivity and add value
Data published by the government revealed that three in four SMEs who employ an apprentice reported improved productivity. Young people are more tech-savvy than any generation that has come before – so they could revolutionise your online or digital presence, or open your business up to new opportunities. You don’t even need to recruit new staff – you can use apprenticeships to train your existing staff, building strong employee loyalty.
3. Train your team while keeping costs low
Hiring an apprentice is more affordable than you may think. The government will fund 90% of the apprenticeship training (excluding wages) for employers with a payroll of less than £3million and 100% if they also have less than 50 employees. There are also other financial incentives – including £1,000 grant for taking on young apprentices (aged 16-18) or those aged up to 24 who have a social care plan.
4. Dedicated support from trusted industry experts
Crawley College has a wealth of knowledge, with more than 60 years’ experience as a leading apprenticeship provider in Sussex and the surrounding areas. Staff across the group are industry experts in their fields with demonstrable experience. They work closely with employers to ensure that their training is up-to-date and relevant to your business.
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