Apprenticeships: Why they are key to post Covid-19 business recovery
Apprenticeships are a valuable long-term addition for businesses as they recover from the pandemic.
The past 18 months have been a challenge for many businesses, there’s no doubt about that.
Companies have been forced to furlough their teams and make redundancies across the board – making it an uncertain time for employees everywhere across the UK.
But as businesses start to bring staff back to the office and the roadmap for reopening continues, apprentices have a key role to play as businesses get back on track.
And although many companies haven’t been in a position to take on new recruits during the pandemic, now there is renewed hope and a focus on training and development.
Apprentices with new skills who are keen to learn should be part of any businesses blueprint for the future whatever their size.
The younger generation of employees are key to businesses moving forward which will be the case for thousands of businesses.
Probably the biggest reservation that businesses who are recovering from the pandemic will have is the cost of taking on apprentices.
But apprenticeships are actually a cost-effective way of recruiting and retaining employees with many funding and support packages available which reduces the cost for the employer.
Once they are recruited, apprentices are likely to be loyal to employers and businesses who invest in them and bring new ideas to the table which can be good for the rest of the company.
So the benefits of taking on new apprentices will soon outweigh any cost issues businesses are concerned about.
These benefits include:
- Helping businesses to grow talent
- Developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce
- Improving business productivity
- Enhancing the quality of a product or service
- Adapting the apprentice’s training according to business needs
- Motivating them to learn new skills
- Enabling businesses to expand and upskill their workforce
So if you’re an employer weighing up new recruits and investing in an apprentice, there is strong evidence to suggest why they are so valuable and why you should.
Now’s the time to think forward for your business as we move towards a brighter future.
Click here to find out more about taking on an apprentice and what an apprentice can do for you and your business.