Why should you hire an apprentice?

If you are an employer you have probably considered the pros and cons of employing an apprentice. This is something you are not alone in, as there are 1000s of companies across the UK that have taken on apprentices and seen the real benefits that they can provide. 

Apprentices can bring a new dynamic to the work place.

Because apprentices are young and may not have much working experience they are keen to have hands on experience. Apprentices are usually very keen to learn and succeed in their job. They offer new, modern ideas and can open up new doors for your company.

Apprentices come into the work place eager to learn, soak up all the information they can before they (if you chose not to keep them on) move to go onto a new company. They don’t just come in for the money at the end of the month.

Increase productivity

*” As well as developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce, apprenticeships can also boost an organisation’s productivity by an average of £214 per week, making them very good for business. In addition, 89% of employers report that apprenticeships have helped their business improve the quality of their product or service. “

Apprenticeships free up existing staff time

As a business grows, staff often find their time is taken up by smaller tasks when they should be concentrating on their key areas of work.

Delegating these jobs to an apprentice allows them to learn and take responsibility, while freeing up the time of your more experienced staff. Better allocation of work should make your business more productive.


  • 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • Employers who take on a 16-18-year-old apprentice only pay their salary. The BIG bonus is that the Government will fund their training!
  • There are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,200 job roles. This is number is constantly increasing with its popularity.
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future, so they can mould them into the best employees for their company’s needs.
  • 86% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship.
  • 67% of apprentices stay with the same employer.
  • 83% said their ability to do the job and their career prospects had improved.
  • One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.
  • If you’re a small business, you may get a £1500 grant to help cover the cost of starting a new apprentice aged 16 to 24 years’ old.

Here is a wage guide to how much an apprentice would get payed, compared to normal full time rates: http://www.minimum-wage.co.uk/