Apprenticeships and businesses

Taking on an apprentice is not just about helping someone find a foothold on the employment ladder – it can bring immediate benefits to your business.

The loyalty, enthusiasm and commitment shown by apprentices is often inspirational, and it can be very rewarding to see an apprentice thrive as a result of work experience and training. For many who were previously unemployed it’s a real step on to the employment ladder.

Our economic development team can help provide suitable job-ready, quality candidates, matching local residents to your needs. We will also fund and support apprentices to gain five nationally recognised qualifications during their one-year, fixed term contract.

The experts at Work Zone can help you find the right apprentice to meet your business needs by sending suitable, job-ready quality candidates for interview, and by supporting and mentoring your apprentices to gain accredited qualifications in your sector. A dedicated account manager will work with you throughout the apprenticeship.

What benefits can apprenticeships bring?

  • increased productivity – and ultimately your bottom line
  • reduced training and recruitment costs
  • lower staff turnover
  • skills gaps addressed
  • a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
  • improved customer service

Apprenticeships – the facts

  • all candidates go through a rigorous screening and induction process before being taken on by the employer
  • an apprenticeship lasts 12 months and candidates commit to gaining a full qualification
  • apprentices can gain up to five funded, nationally recognised qualifications including English, maths & ICT, without having to leave the workplace
  • apprentices are five times more likely to stay with a company than employees who have not gone through the same training
  • 80 per cent of employers believe apprenticeships reduce staff turnover
  • 88 per cent of employers say their apprenticeship programme helps them fill vacancies more quickly
  • 76 per cent of employers feel apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity.
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