Modern Apprenticeships: The Employer Perspective
Taking on an apprentice can be a big decision, with so many different things to consider.
However Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) are an increasingly popular choice for employers looking to develop their workforce.
They are proven to offer significant benefits and can help to ensure the future success of the business.
So why is this? We highlight some of the key reasons:
#1 Invest in the future of your workforce
Apprenticeships are tailored to meet both the current and future needs of your business. Apprentices therefore develop the skills to help your business succeed for years to come.
Apprenticeships can also boost employee loyalty which is helpful in terms of retaining staff and succession planning.
#2 The College is there to support you throughout the training process
From finding a suitable candidate to monitoring and assessing progress, businesses can access all kinds of support throughout the process.
#3 Apprenticeship programmes can be tailored to meet business needs
MA frameworks are designed in conjunction with industry to ensure they are fit-for-purpose. Importantly, they are also flexible - meaning apprentices develop the exact skills (and level of skills) to meet business needs.
#4 Funding is available
Employers can access funding from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to help pay for the cost of taking on an apprentice. The amount of funding can be dependent on the sector or industry in which the business operates and also the age of the Modern Apprentice. With this one, it’s always best to check with the College in regards to exactly how much you could be entitled to.
#5 Employees carry out work more effectively and efficiently
Apprentices are training in the specific tasks and duties required of them and also in line with the normal processes and procedures of their employer. This ensures they are highly capable in regards to their job role.
Apprenticeships are also a highly engaging form of training which helps to avoid employee boredom – therefore also avoiding low morale and a potentially negative attitude.
#6 MAs can fresh ideas to the organisation
New employees are often highly motivated and want to make a good impression. This brings lots of enthusiasm and new ideas to the business – which can only be a good thing!
Sounds good? Learn more about Modern Apprenticeships at Forth Valley College.