The 14th annual National Apprenticeship Week ran from 8th to 14th February 2021.
This year’s theme was “Build the Future” showcasing the impact apprenticeships can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies. The focus is specifically on how employers train, retain and achieve through apprenticeships.
We at VTCT believe that apprenticeships have some key benefits to employers:
An increase in productivity
Engaged and productive apprentices boost productivity to businesses by, on average, £214 per week. 78% of employers agreed that apprentices help to make their workplace more productive.
Training staff on the job can be more cost-effective than hiring more experienced staff. There are a number of government funds and grants for employers who take on apprentices. The Apprenticeships Levy was introduced in April 2017 with the aim of encouraging employers to invest in apprenticeship training. The Levy applies to both public and private employers in the UK.
Helps fill the skills gap
83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeship programme to provide the skilled workers they need for their company’s future. Apprentices can be full-time or part-time, allowing for recruitment based on the needs of the business. Additionally, with on and off the job training taking place, you are helping your apprentice gain the skills your organisation needs while moulding your ideal employee who understands your culture and demonstrates your values.
Grows your business
According to the National Apprenticeships Service data, 80% of companies who invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention.
During National Apprenticeship week, we posted inspirational stories from our centres and apprentices, plus advice and inspiration for budding apprentices, training providers and employers who want to get involved with VTCT apprenticeships. See our stories below.
National Apprenticeship Week 2021