There are many ways apprentices benefit their employers:
Every business needs new ideas to keep growing, and new people to generate and execute these new ideas. Young people bring new energy to any business; they’re keen to learn and keen to try out new ideas.
Because they’re being trained now, apprentices will learn skills that might not currently be used in the workplace: bringing new knowledge to the businesses that take them on.
Research shows that employers find apprentices make the most loyal employees. A survey showed more than half of employers offering apprenticeships say that apprentices stay in the business longer than other recruits.
Meeting social responsibilities
Every employer has a wider responsibility to their local community and wider society. By taking on an apprentice, a business is:
- Increasing the life chances of the young people and boosting the economy
- Demonstrating that the business is socially responsible, and raising the business’s community profile
- Helping to tackle unemployment in the local area, and creating a more diverse workforce
- Supporting the UK’s strategy to help young people into employment.
Attracting new business
Research shows that that apprenticeships are not just helping employers to build a loyal, skilled workforce, but enabling them to attract new business. 76% of apprentice employers polled say they promote their apprenticeship credentials when pitching for new business or talking about their company.
A third of all the employers questioned said they are more likely to choose a supplier or partner if they offer apprenticeships.