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SPARKS Blog: The benefits of hiring apprentices

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Apprenticeships are now at a record level – according to Gov.co.uk, there were 509,400 apprenticeships started during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Apprenticeships benefit not just the individual but also the businesses who employ them, and the economy as a whole. If you haven’t yet hired your first apprentice, now is the time to consider the advantages it would bring.

They work hard!

Apprenticeships deliver industrious workers because, put simply, an apprentice will not qualify for a career in their industry unless they apply themselves and get their qualifications. What’s more, students who opt for the apprenticeship route tend to be keen to progress quickly into working life and learn fast.

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They bring a new perspective

Apprentices bring a fresh pair of eyes and a young and enthusiastic perspective to any company. The electrical industry is an ageing one, so new talent is vital to plug the skills gap and help the industry to meet demand.

They have digital skills and know smart technology

Anyone growing up in today’s digital world has an inherent knowledge of the technology around them which can be lacking in older generations. This will bring new skills to your company, from advanced computer literacy to an interest and acquaintance with smart technology.

It’s key for electricians to break into the emerging smart market as soon as possible, to take advantage of the new business opportunities it presents and avoid being left behind – and what better way to do it than with an apprentice?

If you struggle to find the time to down tools and attend lengthy training sessions and courses, send an apprentice instead. Not only will they be able to grasp the principles of home automation quickly, it won’t be too expensive or inconvenient to have them away from work.

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They expand your workforce

With government funding available, apprenticeships are a very cost-effective way to increase your manpower. And once your apprentices have finished their qualifications, they will be able to join your company as a fully-fledged member of the team having already become familiar with your systems, processes and challenges, therefore saving valuable time.

Essentially you are growing your own workforce of the future, who will be loyal to you and moulded to your unique needs.

They make your workforce more productive

The presence of an apprentice in a team boosts morale and increases motivation, as other staff can see their employer positively contributing to someone’s training and development and investing in the future of the company. According to Gov.co.uk, 92% of employers with apprentices believe that it leads to a more satisfied workforce, which in turn increases staff retention.

Make sure you’re up-to-speed with the new apprenticeship funding rules – click here to find out more.

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