Why Employ An Apprentice

Why employ an apprentice
Want to grow your own talent
or build the skills of your existing team?


of employers said apprentices helped to generate higher overall productivity


of employers said Apprenticeships attract a better calibre of job applicant

An apprenticeship is an ideal way to make your business more competitive and productive, boosting the bottom line.

Macclesfield College’s Maxim Business Training is a specialist team that supports businesses in their training and development needs. We can help you navigate the levy or advise on the level of apprenticeship you may require to help your employees reach a higher level of competency and performance.

Employer responsibilities

You’re responsible for making sure your apprentice:

  • works with experienced staff
  • learns job-specific skills
  • gets time off during their working week for apprenticeship training

Funding an Apprentice

You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training. The amount you get depends on whether you pay the apprenticeship levy or not.

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What is an apprentice?

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.Apprentices can be new or current employees.

Apprenticeships must last at least a year and can last up to 5 years depending on the level the apprentice is studying.

How do apprentices learn?

Apprentices learn through a combination of on and off the job training. By working alongside your staff as they work towards nationally recognised qualifications, they become a valued member of the team, emersed in the business’ operations and culture.

Off the job they work. Lessons are conducted at the workplace or at Macclesfield College of Further and Higher Education, depending on requirements.

Employer Benefits of Hiring an Apprentice
Reduce the cost of recruitment

From training to full-time employee, your business will save money with the avoidance of recruitment fees.  We know how much recruitment can cost a business. An apprenticeship may have some associated costs at the start – but these will neutralise within a short period of time. It will mean you will have a fully trained, skilled and loyal colleague within your workforce, as opposed to having to worry about a regular turnover of staff and its cost.

Train and retrain the talent

Apprentices are the best way to bring new talent to your business, allowing you to source and develop the best individuals. Staff that know your business from day one and who will remain loyal due to you nurturing their professional development.

Increase productivity

Apprentices are hungry to learn and develop, with energy, enthusiasm and motivation aplenty. Studies show that 96% of businesses with apprentices have reported increased benefits to their organisation. *

Staff to meet your needs

Take on an apprentice and develop the skills that your business needs. Apprentices are flexible, offering dynamic support across departments where needed, often freeing up more senior staff.

Rejuvenate your business

Apprentices can also support the development of skills in your current workforce with their fresh perspective and up-to-date practical and digital knowledge. Apprentices will bring lots of renewed energy to your team. Not only will they be new, but they will be keen, eager to learn and ready to develop their career with you.

Meet & surpass business objectives

Apprentices come with exciting and inspiring new ideas, injecting their enthusiasm into projects and other staff members.  What they don’t quite bring in experience, apprentices do bring in ideas. Apprentices may not have 25 years’ experience in your field of work – but they will bring their innovation to your business, which may otherwise be of benefit to your competitors.

Close skills gap

Address skills shortages within industry and offer a broader pool of talent, enabling a focus on current staff development and fewer skills gaps. Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly more attractive to young, talented people. By creating an opportunity within your company, you will – in turn – attract new talent, filling the skills gap that might exist within your business.

Ensure diversity

Allow people from all walks of life to thrive under your guidance, allowing you to be a step above competitors with the newest and brightest talent.

Minimal downtime

Apprenticeships are in-house training programmes. This ‘on the job’ training can be flexible to support your business needs, maximising output and ensuring little disruption.

Give something back

Tackle unemployment in your local community and help your sector to flourish with an apprenticeship placement.  All while boosting your business profile and competitive edge!

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