Hiring an apprentice is something most, if not all, trades will consider.
An apprenticeship combines working and training in a skilled trade, such as electrical work, or plumbing, which then leads to a nationally recognised qualification.
There is no one type of apprentice: They might be recent school leavers, or they might be people re-entering the workforce. They might be looking for full time or part time work or to fit around their education.
Hiring an apprentice can be a great option for many companies, for these reasons:
Your apprentice will have chosen to train in this profession and will therefore be motivated to succeed. They will work hard and will want to prove themselves. Teach them tips and you will see they pick them up fast and try to perfect what they are doing.
Without having to teach them everything from scratch, you are training someone to fit your exact business requirements. As their first place of work in this trade, the habits they pick up and experience they gain will be perfect for you if you decide to keep them on.
You are the one overseeing their training and ensuring their skills are up to scratch. By the end of it you can be 100% sure they have the right qualifications to continue a career in your trade.
As an employer, you can select an apprentice based on your needs, whether you need a part time or full time worker.
You are not limited to only hiring apprentices at the start of a school year. They can start with you at any time, perfect to fit around when you most need staff.
However, if you are hiring an apprentice, you also need to be mindful of the administration.
First off, there are varying rates of apprentice pay, which can be calculated here.
These depend on the age, which year of apprenticeship they are in, the role, and so on. Wages can also be increased, and it is important to know when this should be done.
Secondly, if you have not found your apprentice through a registered group, you need to arrange a contract and training yourself.
Together you and your apprentice must agree on the final qualification they are working towards and then find a Registered Training Organisation to deliver the training.
It can be really beneficial to hire an apprentice who you can perfectly train for your own business requirements. Make sure you know exactly what you want from them, and what the law expects from you.