Why hire an apprentice?

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Boost employee performance and retention

Did you know you can use apprenticeships to upskill and retrain your existing workforce?

You can use apprenticeship training to:

  • fill key skill gaps in your business
  • boost employee motivation by investing in their development
  • improve retention

For example, an experienced employee may be keen to get a formal qualification in their specialist area.

Or perhaps someone has the aptitude and drive to learn something new and progress into a different role?

There are apprenticeships from level 2 to level 7 (equivalent to a degree) so you’ll be able to find apprenticeships that suit the learning and development needs of your employees.

Apprenticeships are designed by employers so they reflect the relevant knowledge, skills and behaviours that your business needs.

What are the benefits of hiring an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer. You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely. You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee. As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training.

The benefits for your business

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.


Of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation


Of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity


Of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

You can adapt their training according to the needs of your business

They’re motivated to learn new skills

You can expand and upskill your workforce

How to choose the right apprenticeship training

There are hundreds of apprenticeships to choose from. They offer flexible, but structured training, that meet your needs as an employer.

Apprenticeships are designed by groups of employers so they reflect the knowledge, skills and behaviours an apprentice needs for a specific occupation.

Apprentices can be a new or existing employee and they must:

  • be 16 or over
  • combine work with study to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job
  • spend at least 20% of their working hours on ‘off-the-job’ training with your chosen training provider

What should I look for?

Apprenticeships are being developed and approved all the time, so you can choose the right apprenticeship training for your business.

When looking for an apprenticeship, make sure you:

  • select the right training to suit your business
  • think about the level and duration of the training
  • discuss your expectations with the training provider

Don’t accept training because it’s the only apprenticeship available at the time.

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