What are the benefits of apprenticeships?

  • Government research shows that 69% of employers say that employing apprentices improved staff retention. Investing in someone’s skills and development breeds motivation and loyalty, which in turn reduces staff turnover and recruitment costs. At the council, over 75% of our apprentices stay with us on completion of their apprenticeship.

  • Apprenticeships allow you to ‘grow your own’, equipping staff with exactly the skills, competencies and ethos your organisation needs, rather than taking on staff with a more generic set of skills gained elsewhere.

  • Traditional recruitment tends to favour graduates and those who have gone down an academic route, meaning many employers miss out on a large pool of talent. Our experience with apprenticeships has shown us that many people who may not have been suited to academic learning really ‘learn by doing’ and thrive in an apprenticeship.

Anthony impey MBE, Founder of optimity presenting at the Hackney apprenticeship network launch

Anthony impey MBE, Founder of optimity presenting at the Hackney apprenticeship network launch

  • Apprenticeships are no longer limited to entry-level and manual roles. If your recruitment needs focus on technically skilled, experienced staff, consider higher and degree apprenticeships as an option for new hires or existing staff.

  • The rapid speed of change in industries like Tech and Construction has created a large skills gap. Apprenticeships offering high-level skills combined with industry exposure can help address this.

  • Apprenticeships give staff opportunities to supervise and mentor people – opportunities that they previously may not have had.

  • Apprenticeships can be used to upskill and/or retrain existing staff, as long as the apprenticeship is giving them new skills to enable them to achieve competence in their chosen occupation, improving staff morale and retention.

  • 67% of employers say that employing apprentices improved their image in the sector.