Blog: Top 5 Benefits of Hiring an Apprentice
February 9, 2022
Apprenticeships are an exciting and impactful way of developing a motivated, skilled workforce to drive long-term growth and success for your business – that’s a fact!
That’s why businesses across the UK are choosing this route and are reaping the benefits.
You can employ apprentices at various levels, from school leavers and university graduates to those looking to advance their career or make a career change. You can even use apprenticeships to upskill your existing employees.
These are the top 5 benefits of hiring an apprentice:
1. Grow new skills
Developing new talent can help fill any skills gaps and will enable you to shape an apprentice’s learning to meet the skills needs of your business. 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation.
2. Upskill existing employees
Apprenticeships are a great way to upskill existing employees and nurture top talent, as they are offered from level 2 right through to degree level (level 7), which means you’ll be able to find apprenticeships that suit the learning and development needs of your employees.
3. Improve staff retention
Investing in your own employees will result in a motivated and ambitious workforce, helping to improve retention of key skills and experience. Through diversifying skill sets, you will also future-proof your business – becoming adaptable and responsive to changes that may occur in your industry.
4. Increase quality and productivity
78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity whilst 74% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.*
5. Give back!
Apprenticeships are an effective way to tackle unemployment in the local community and in turn, support economic growth – all while boosting your business profile and competitive edge! According to the British Chambers of Commerce, 81% of consumers favour companies that employ apprentices.
Find out how Knowsley Community College can drive the success of your business through apprenticeships, by visiting Employers (knowsleycollege.ac.uk).