ECA is urging engineering services businesses to continue to recruit apprentices.
ECA has created a video which shows the financial and business benefits to employers from apprentices.
- Employers can claim Government incentive payments of up to £3,000 per apprentice hired up until the end of January 2021
- Government training grants mean that in England, for example, non-apprentice levy payers need contribute only 5% of the costs of training an apprentice
- Over four years, a business can receive a return on investment of up to £57,000 from each apprentice.
The video explains how employers can get apprentices back to work after time away on furlough.
It also outlines how apprentices can travel to, and undertake, work safely, in line with current social distancing requirements.
ECA Director of Employment Andrew Eldred said: “Apprentices are the bedrock of the electrotechnical and engineering services industry.
“Those employers able to retain and hire new apprentices can expect a healthy return on their investment, as well as longer-term benefits such as more sustainable business growth and stronger capability in new technologies.
“ECA urges employers to watch our new video and consider the benefits of having apprentices in your organisation, as well how you can bring existing apprentices back safely from furlough.”
ECA recently announced an extension of its existing loan labour scheme to allow employers to both loan out apprentices and hire them on a temporary secondment basis, without needing to use agencies. More information on the scheme can be found here.
ECA has also produced guidance and flowcharts for businesses on how to keep apprentices employed and travelling and working safely during the current climate, which can be found here.