Stuart Cavanagh, Head of HR at Novus Property Solutions
Having worked with a wide range of apprentices, property maintenance specialists Novus Property Solutions are well positioned to advise on just how we all benefit from Apprenticeship schemes.
Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular as people look for more cost-effective, debt-free routes to gaining experience and full-time employment.
The last couple of years has seen a tremendous surge in the number of apprenticeships offered in the UK, with 509,400 courses beginning in 2015/16.
Apprentices not only fill our skills gaps, they do so in a cost-effective way, which affords businesses more freedom to nurture the next generation of talent.
Money is a clear concern, which is where apprenticeships gain the upper hand. As tuition fees are at an all-time high, an increasing number of people are looking to apprenticeship schemes as a way of furthering their prospects without the inevitable student debt.
For a long time now, university has been almost a natural choice for young people. While higher education is still as popular as ever, apprenticeship schemes are truly growing in popularity with scores of people preferring on-the-job learning.
The increasing rate of schemes becoming available can only mean good things for the industry. It feels like the UK is finally seeing the benefits of apprentices, and it’s been a long time coming. Apprentices come into a place of work with a brand-new perspective, they’re often open to new ideas and are keen to learn.
If apprenticeship schemes continue to grow at this rate, a new generation of tradespeople will be ready to step in to fill jobs belonging to a diverse range of industries.
Getting Your Foot in the Door
For apprentices themselves, they receive personalised, practical learning skills which set them up for future roles within the industry. With an applicable skillset provided by qualified professionals, the apprentice learns from a mentor-like figure who can help them to climb the ladder.
By getting your foot in the door, as it were, great strides can be made in gaining full-time employment from your apprenticeship.
It’s not just the young trainee who benefits, of course. Beyond job prospects and personal development, those working elsewhere in the business can also learn something from the apprentice.
Your business will benefit from some fresh perspective and so will your business’ recruitment!
This can have a knock-on effect. Apprentices bring new perspective, fresh insight and often a different way of looking at things. They can be incredibly inspiring for full-time employees.
Also, if your business is encountering a skills shortage or recruitment problem, you might consider an apprentice. They are an ideal solution, and will relish the opportunity to make an impression.
An apprentice’s enthusiasm can often be infectious, and with an open and willing attitude toward pitching ideas, receiving feedback and helping others, apprentices can really be a breath of fresh air.
Apprentices help the economy (and vice-versa)
It’s clear that bringing an apprentice in can offer numerous benefits, and the UK government are catching on. Only last year, the Apprenticeship Levy was announced, giving employers an allowance of £15,000 to fund new schemes. It will be rolled out in April this year.
Back in 2015, it was pledged that 3 million new apprenticeships will be introduced by 2020, making UK apprenticeships a particular focus for the future.
Furthermore, for young people it’s a debt-free alternative to university, lessening the strain on grants and student loans (which cost both the UK government and the student long-term).