Businesses across the UK offer Apprenticeship places because they are effective at increasing productivity, improving business performance and creating a committed and highly trained workforce.
- 80% of companies who invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention
- 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive;
- 76% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
- 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
- 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce.
- 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
Recruiting an Apprentice is a long term commitment for your business and for the Apprentice. It is important to consider several issues when thinking about taking on an Apprentice, including:
What’s your current ratio of technicians to Apprentices?
Do you have enough qualified technicians to satisfy the growing demands of your customers? Do you have enough qualified staff to be able to give your Apprentices the help they will need to develop their own skills?
What’s the age profile of your current technicians?
The motor industry faces potentially severe staff shortages as the skilled population ages. You need to make sure you have enough technicians to replace people as they retire. As a general guide, we recommend a ratio of one Apprentice for every three qualified technicians.
If a qualified technician were to leave how would you replace them?
Advertising is very expensive, as is offering increased salaries to attract technicians from other brands. Although recruiting and training Apprentices calls for a significant investment of time and money, it is almost always cheaper in the long run to train your own staff than to recruit from outside or even worse to have to turn away work because you do not have enough qualified technicians.