Are you an employer looking to grow your business? Wondering how to recruit an apprentice? We understand that every business is different and taking on an apprentice might seem like a long, complicated process.
However, Baltic Training has worked with hundreds of businesses throughout the UK, providing them with award-winning apprentices, and you can be rest assured that we’ll make the whole process as quick and easy as possible.
Why hire an apprentice?
Recruiting an apprentice is the perfect way to bring new talent into your business. Apprentices are bright, enthusiastic, energetic individuals who can bring a completely new dynamic to your business.
According to the National Apprenticeship Service:
- 89% of employers reported that recruiting an apprentice improved the quality of their business.
Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £214 a week
How much does recruiting an apprentice cost?
The only cost for you is the apprentices’ salary. The minimum apprentice salary has been set by government at £3.50 per hour. However, we recommend that you start your apprentice on a minimum of £150 per week.
There are no recruitment or training costs unless your apprentice has turned 19 before the start of their apprenticeship. If your apprentice is aged 19 years or older, you are required to contribute towards their training costs.
If there are less than 50 employees working for your company, you are potentially eligible for an apprenticeship grant for employers.
Benefits of hiring an apprentice
- A fantastic method of harnessing fresh new talent.
- An effective, low cost recruitment strategy.
- A funded, accredited training programme that supports young people into employment.
- Our programme has been created around employers’ requirements for skills.
- Vital to developing skills that support economic growth.
- Reduction in recruitment time and costs.
- Increased staff retention and loyalty.
- A low risk, low cost means to address skills shortages.
- Enhanced reputation for business from clients and communities.
We specialise in supporting businesses in hiring an apprentice with the following courses:
Advanced apprenticeship programmes (level 3) include:
- Infrastructure Technician – CompTIA
- Infrastructure Technician – Microsoft
- Software Developer
- Software and Web Developer
- Social Media & Digital Marketing
Our higher apprenticeship programmes (level 4) include:
We are committed to quality, customer excellence and making a real difference to society. We aim to support businesses in overcoming challenges to growth, recruitment and skill shortages by changing the way they recruit.
If you are looking to recruit more than one apprentice, please read our blog on Baltic Training Services’ Bespoke Traineeships here. Along with recruiting an apprentice through Baltic Training, you can also use apprenticeships for upskilling employees through one of our technical training courses.
To find out how other businesses have benefitted from taking on an apprentice, please read our employer case studies.
If you are considering taking on an apprentice, read our guide to the do’s and don’ts of recruiting an apprentice.
The IT Skills Shortage
Tech City UK’s recent Tech Nation 2016 report highlighted the ongoing growth of the UK’s Digital Tech Economy, with the sector now employing more than 1.56m people nation-wide and contributing £161bn in turnover to the economy.
There are three main job types within the digital tech economy:
- 22% are digital jobs in the tech industry.
- 37% are non-digital jobs in the tech industry.
- 41% are digital jobs in a traditional industry.
Technology is central to driving innovation throughout the economy and a growing reliance on technology presents employers with a growing challenge of how to attract and retain staff with the right skillset.
The demand for digital talent will continue to grow with a requirement for over 2,000,000 new entrants to the sector by 2020.
- 43% of businesses say that being unable to source talent is the greatest challenge to their growth.
- 1 in 3 businesses source talent from local universities.
- Over 20% of employers have to hire outside of the UK.
One solution is to recruit via apprenticeships. The government continues to invest in apprenticeship programmes, meaning employers can benefit from funding to grow and develop their workforce.
I Want to Take on an Apprentice
If you are ready to recruit an apprentice or simply have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Visit our FAQs, call us on 01325 731 050 or fill out the form above.