What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role. The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise new skills in a real world work environment. Apprenticeships benefit employers and boost the skills of the workforce to improve economic productivity.

Apprenticeships offer employers of all sizes the opportunity to develop the behaviours, knowledge, and skills of their team. Research tells us that Apprenticeships are “Good for Business” and help to:

  • Recruit the right people – 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their apprenticeships programme to address short-term recruitment issues and also secure the skills and workforce of the future.
  • Improve staff retention – Labour turnover for apprentices can be significantly lower, saving on recruitment costs.
  • Increase productivity – 80% of employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive.
  • The flexible and varied nature of the programme can ensure apprentices develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to help you achieve your business objectives.
  • Enhance competitiveness – Apprenticeships can help you recruit the right people, be recognised as an employer of choice and contribute to the success of your business. 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices. Training a new generation of professionals will help your business stay competitive.
“Thank you for this opportunity. There are very limited options for young butchers to develop their skills outside of inhouse training. We have seen the level 3 butchery management apprenticeship as a way of not only acknowledging the loyalty and commitment of our employees. but also a key part of their personal development and upskilling. We are delighted that we as a small business can offer opportunities for young people to do apprenticeships; we find it’s not only the apprentices who benefit but the business as a whole, it is lovely to see the team supporting the apprentices on a daily basis.”

– Diane
Company Director at Blackwell’s Butchers in Norton