Apprenticeships are often misunderstood by employers. We have decided to include some top misconceptions below.

Apprenticeships are only for trade occupations

What do you think of if someone says the word ‘apprentice’

Many think of – Plumber, joiner, electrician, builder, plasterer, a car mechanic. Basically, the classic traditional manual trades! Indeed, the older understanding of the word ‘apprentice’ was essentially someone ‘learning a trade’. This is understandable when you think these were the staple Apprenticeships that much of this country’s industries were built on throughout the 20th century. But things have changed.

Today, Apprenticeships are available in many professional and skilled areas, such as Information Technology, Business Improvement Techniques, Customer Service, Catering, Hospitality, Food Manufacturing, Team Leading, Management and Retail. Many employers are surprised to learn of this and subsequently start to consider just how effective training an apprentice could be in helping their business develop!

They can only be used to recruit apprentices into a business

Apprenticeships can be used by employers to upskill their existing staff too, not just to train new recruits. This can be a huge benefit to any business, as better-trained and more skilled staff can only contribute to better business performance. If you also factor in the overall general boost in loyalty, enthusiasm and productivity that better-trained employees tend to demonstrate, then it’s hard not to see only positives.

We do offer a FREE Apprentice recruitment service for employers looking to recruit into their business. To find out more visit our recruitment page.

The apprentice will have to take days off to study

Some employers assume that apprentices will be constantly removed from the day-to-day business operations for course training, or must attend training off-site on a day release basis – This is not the case

Here at Smart Training and Recruitment, we deliver training directly on employer premises at times to suit the company, ensuring as little disruption to the working day as possible. During the current situation, all of our sessions are completed electronically through software that suits each learner need. Employers, of course, need to train a new apprentice in their job role and provide them with a mentor, as they would with any new staff member. 20% of an apprentice’s time in work needs to be spent in ‘off-the-job training’ however, much of this training will ‘occur naturally’ as the apprentice learns their role, shadows other members of staff and learns from their mentor. Off-the-job training also doesn’t need to be for one full day per week; it can be for a proportion of every day, one week in every five, or delivered in a block at the beginning, middle or end of the Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are expensive to a business

Yes, employers are responsible for paying apprentice wages, but depending on company size, Apprenticeship training may be free or be supported by an incredible Government subsidy of 95%!  Not to mention that any business employing a 16 to 18 year old apprentice can also receive a £1,000 incentive payment.

Also if you employ an apprentice under the age of 25, you may no longer have to pay employer Class 1 National Insurance contributions on their earnings up to the new Apprentice Upper Secondary Threshold. Visit the GOV website for more information by clicking here.

Apprentices can really help to address any skills gaps within a business and are a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Employers who have an established Apprenticeship programme also report a 76% improvement in workplace productivity.

Is it time to offer Apprenticeships to your workforce? Get in touch with our team today to find out more. We deliver over 40 accredited & recognised qualifications