Published: December 10, 2020

Why employers should embrace Apprenticeships

Taking on an apprentice comes with plenty of exciting benefits. From upskilling existing employees to recruiting new team members

Taking on an apprentice comes with plenty of exciting benefits. From opportunities to upskill existing employees to recruiting new team members. We list 5 great reasons why you should embrace apprenticeships.

1. Your apprentice will make valuable contributions

New apprenticeship standards are developed by employers and industry experts to be occupation focused, which means the learning happens throughout the apprenticeship. There’s an assessment at the end to prove the apprentice can carry out all aspects of the job, so they’re ready to make valuable contributions.

2. You can fill skills gaps in your organisation

There is a huge variety of standards to choose from, each designed to set out the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for an occupation. This means they’re responsive to the wants and needs of your organisation – now and in the future.

3. They create opportunities to bring in new talent at any level

Anyone over the age of 16 who’s living in England can apply for an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) right through to Levels 6 and 7 (equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree). Some may also offer additional professional qualifications, such as ACCA. You’ll set the entry requirements for each of your apprenticeships. You can check the relevant standard to see the typical entry requirements.

4. They’ll help you to upskill or retrain current employees

Apprenticeships aren’t only suitable for bringing in new employees. They’re also ideal for upskilling or retraining existing employees – of any age, and at any level. The important thing is that the apprentice will develop new skills to help them succeed in their chosen occupation.

5. You can work with Avant to deliver training flexibly

An apprentice must spend at least 20% of their time completing off-the-job training – but the style, location and timing of training varies. Avant will work with you to deliver the training in a way that suits you, allowing your apprentice to learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for their role. We offer a combination of face-to-face, blended learning online and remote to fit around an apprentice’s shifts, for example.

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