It’s easy to see why apprenticeships are on the rise, they are a popular way of gaining enthusiastic talent for your company safe in the knowledge that your new employees are being sculpted to suit your business needs. Not only do the employees learn industry-specific knowledge, but they begin to develop a good knowledge of the internal processes specific to the company.
Just last year, over 200,000 new apprentices were brought into small firms and this is expected to rise over the coming years.
A huge part of an apprenticeship is the training that goes in to giving the apprentice a formal qualification at the end of the year. There are many colleges who offer training as part of an apprenticeship scheme, but employers can also offer the training required to gain the qualification. If you aren’t able to provide this for your apprentices, find a training provider who offers the apprenticeship in your specific industry and they will handle the training, assessments and qualification.
Most employers don’t have them time to sit and write out a job advertisement and select an apprentice themselves. However, when using a training provider they will do this all for you. In the initial stages, they will sort through the apprentices’ CVs and invite them for interviews before offering them out to employers who can interview the apprentice themselves.
In 2017, the National Minimum Wage for apprentices (aged under 19 or 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship) is £3.50. However, these rates are reviewed in October every year. As an employer, you are entitled to pay the minimum wage but can pay them more should you want to.
In general, part of the training is funded by the government or local councils and paid directly into the provider. These government grants are also available for smaller employers if the apprentice is young or previously in care.
As suppliers and manufacturers of high quality insulated tools and electrical safety equipment, here at Boddingtons Electrical we strive to support fresh talent in the industry and provide a number of newly qualified electricians with their tools to see them through their careers.
For more information about our insulated hand tools, feel free to call our team on 01376 567490 and we’ll be more than happy to help.