The Construction Industry - The Advantages Of Taking On Apprentices

The Construction Industry - The Advantages Of Taking On Apprentices

27th November 2014

An apprenticeship is a great way for young people and adult learners to earn a living while undergoing on the job training in the real world.   At the end of the apprenticeship they will gain a qualification, laying the foundations for a successful future in the workplace.   The National Apprenticeship Service is part of the UK government’s Skills Funding Agency.  Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly popular method of learning a trade and it’s fast becoming the accepted route for school leavers who want to build a career in a way that doesn’t involve attending university.  

The government is committed to strengthening and extending the apprenticeship programme in coming years, with ring fencing funding for the apprenticeship schemes – this is seen as an investment in the workforce of Britain, and is designed to help to address the current shortage of skills, especially in the construction industries.

While the apprentices obviously benefit from the scheme, there are many advantages for employers too and more than 130,000 businesses across the UK offer apprenticeship places to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforces.  The apprentices can learn sector specific skills from day one and develop a specialist knowledge.

A massive 80% of companies taking on apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention as these youngsters settle in as committed and competent members of staff.  An apprentice is likely to be an eager, motivated employee who is committed to on the job training and development.  

Hiring an apprentice is a cost effective way of adding to your workforce – employers who take on 16 – 18 year old apprentices only need to pay their salaries – the training they receive will all be funded by the government.   Nowadays we are seeing one in five employers hiring more apprentices to help their companies weather the tough economic climate.

Many companies who have taken on apprentices have reported a significant boost in productivity with a massive 81% claiming that they help boost the overall productivity of the company as a whole.

Taking on an apprentice means that the training they need can be undertaken in the workplace, which means minimal disruption to business operations.  59% of employers claim that training apprentices is more cost effective than hiring skilled staff and leads to lower overall training costs and a reduction in recruitment costs as staff retention is high among apprentices.

An increasing number of companies that have taken on apprentices have been pleasantly surprised by the success they have experienced.  This has led to more companies expecting apprenticeships to play a bigger and long-term part in their future recruitment policy.

Taking on an apprentice is investing in the future of your business.  83% of employers who hire apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to provide them with the skilled workers they will need in the future.  Hiring apprentices is a dynamic and progressive approach in future-proofing your business and helping to encourage the increase of skilled workers in the UK.