Benefits of an Apprentice for Employers

For employers, there are numerous potential benefits to employing an Apprentice.  These include benefits such as filling skills gaps, increasing productivity and improving staff retention.

Individual experiences will be different, but there are common themes that research into the potential benefits of employing an apprentice have highlighted across employer surveys. These include:

  • Fill skill gaps accurately and cost effectively compared to finding specialist skills in the external labour market
  • Grants can cover the majority (if not all) of the training costs of an apprentice
  • Majority of apprentice training is integrated into the day to day workplace requirements, thereby minimising disruption that can be caused by employees being off site for new skills training
  • Apprentices learn theory and apply new learning concurrently, thereby meaning they are able to start making a contribution to the business more quickly
  • Improves staff retention as apprentices often remain with the company who gave them their initial opportunity
  • Apprentices often become the managers of the future, retaining skills, knowledge and valuable experience within the company
  • Team motivation improved as the company is seen as investing in the future
  • Apprentices can bring fresh perspectives and dynamics to a team, and share their new learning with colleagues

What Employers Say….

“I had the opportunity to visit the PCA Training Centre when I was down in Huntingdon recently to meet up with Neil Marsden and the new cohorts on the PCA Apprenticeship scheme. It was a pleasure to see the energy and enthusiasm of the individuals on the Apprenticeship and also to see and hear how much they are enjoying the course. Neil’s leadership gains their respect very quickly and it was very refreshing to watch these future technicians getting on with the task they were given without actually being stood over. It was obvious that they were interested in the work and there was great banter which again lends credibility to the way Neil trains them. I came away from the visit with a feeling that the Industry really will move forward with Apprentice schemes like these and that our future technicians will be well trained and a credit to the Industry.” – Neil, Training Director, Timberwise UK 

“There’s no doubt it’s already having a direct and positive effect on my team. First there’s the impact on the apprentices themselves, who have come on in leaps and bounds as they’ve progressed through the program. They are more confident in their ability and this shows in their willingness to offer effective help to those around them. This gives Brick-Tie Preservation more options for project planning, as we have deeper expertise and flexibility in our workforce.

I expect employee retention to be improved still further, based on the clear career path the scheme has established”.
Bryan, Brick-Tie Preservation

Some facts and figures*

For companies who invest in/employ apprentices:

  • 83% rely on apprenticeship programmes to provide the skilled workers they need for the future
  • 80% report a significant increase in employee retention
  • 57% report apprentices going on to management positions within the company
  • 92% believe it has led to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 59% believe apprentices are more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, and a similar percentage feel apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs
  • 41% feel apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during the training period, and a further 33% believe they add value from day one!

* From data compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service

Other sources of information:

CITB

National Apprenticeship Service

BIS Research Paper Number 67. ‘Employer Investment in Apprenticeships and Workplace Learning: The Fifth Net Benefits of Training to Employers Study’
Apprenticeship Scheme Fees CITB Grant Funding Apprenticeship Start Dates 2016