Last week was National Apprenticeship Week! Ever thought about hiring an apprentice? You’re not alone.

It’s generally agreed that apprenticeships are a good thing.

They give high calibre individuals who aren’t suited to academia are given an alternative route into their chosen profession.

Businesses hiring apprentices aren’t motivated by altruism alone. In return, employers get somebody who isn’t just a vessel of knowledge, but somebody who can put their skills into practice.

Apprentices tend to be more loyal than employees sourced from other companies. And it’s no wonder; investing in somebody and supporting their growth sends a great message to employees. You’re telling them that they’re valued and their job is secure, increasing the likelihood that they’ll stay with you once training is complete.

Not only this, but apprenticeship schemes can have a positive impact on other employees, too. The enthusiasm of an apprentice is often very catching.

And they’re not just for plumbers anymore. There are many opportunities in the technical, digital and recruitment spheres. Even some law firms are turning to apprenticeship schemes, finding university graduates ill-equipped with the basic skills needed for available roles.

Of course, there are financial incentives, too. Apprentices younger than 19 can be paid £2.68 a year, and others the national minimum wage. Even then, you can get financial support from the NAS (National Apprenticeship Service) and AGE (Apprentice Grant for Employers).

Something that may make you hesitant, however, is the hassle of the whole process. You’ll have training to arrange, assessments to carry out, funding to apply for and paperwork to complete. If training is carried out in house, you’ll have to comply with the SASE, too.

This article comes from Tirebuck Recruitment, a recruitment company, Solihull based.