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Apprenticeship Myths Debunked

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By jadescotney | October 19, 2017

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Ok, ok; so we know that Apprenticeships haven't always had the best reputation but, word on the street has it that, Apprenticeships and Work-Based learning are back on trend *GASP*.

More and more young people are opting out of the Uni pathway to follow a more vocational route into their chosen career; so why are some employers still not on board?

 

1) Apprenticeships are for People with low grades.

No! People applying for Apprenticeships do so because they see the benefit in learning hands-on and getting started with employers early on in order to build a successful career. Most Apprentice applicants have very good GCSE and/or A-Level grades and continue to perform well within their chosen pathway.

By discounting taking on an Apprentice for this reason you are handing the best talent to your competitors on a plate!

 

2) They require lots of training and extra support

We hear this one a lot. Yes; apprentices will require training and support but, don't all new members of staff? And, when hiring an Apprentice you get additional support and guidance from your Training Provider.

Putting in effort to train and develop an Apprentice may sound daunting or time consuming but, as with any other member of staff, the training will pay dividends in the end.

Having better developed, valued members of staff will give you an edge on your competitors and, in a candidate short market, will drive the best talent to your door. No-one wants to work somewhere they won't feel valued do they?

 

3) There is so much paperwork complete!

Most induction sessions will last round 2 hours with less than 30 minutes of this time being taken to complete employer paperwork. Your Training Provider will talk you through the contract and support both the Employer and the Apprentice in completing required paperwork; although it is pretty straight forward!

So for less than 30 minutes of answering questions about your company you will have an eager, motivated and driven individual ready to get to work in your business! Seems like a fair trade to me?

 

4) Apprentices are lazy and don't turn up to work

Wow- talk about tarring them all with the same brush! You may be reading this and thinking "Yes; that was my experience when I took on an Apprentice" and, perhaps it was, but; if you were to take on an employee that didn't work out, would you stop hiring people all together? No, of course not!

The Apprentices we work with tend to be hard working and enthusiastic individuals with very few "not working out". They key to success when hiring an apprentice is a thorough recruiting and assessment process. If you are working with a training provider, they should have have stringent processes in place to support both employers and apprentices and make sure the right people are matched with the right roles.

5) Apprentices are just "cheap labour"

 

If you are an Employer that sees Apprentices as "cheap labour" then you are part of the problem. Those that enrol on an Apprenticeship course do so to learn, develop and build a career within their chosen field, not to make tea and run personal errands for Management.

The minimum rate of pay for an Apprentice is £3.50 at the time of writing but most Employers we work with will pay considerably more than that or will increase the Apprentices pay within a few months of work.

The end game for taking on an Apprentice should be to have a well developed individual that is passionate about YOUR business and their career with you; churning Apprentices every 12 months for "cheap labour" is unacceptable.PERIOD.

I'm sure there are plenty more misconceptions from Employers with regards to taking on Apprentices; if that's you, give us a call on 01329 888 123. I'm sure we can change your mind!

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