Apprenticeships: What they mean for your business

Apprenticeships: What they mean for your business

An apprenticeship offers businesses a way to foster keen talent and potentially improve their operation's productivity, all while the apprentice is also learning in a classroom.
Apprenticeships offer a business a chance to foster keen talent. Picture: Ruth Downing.

Apprenticeships allow businesses to employ keen new entrants while they also work towards a nationally recognised qualification. 

Apprentices will usually spend four days a week in work and one day a week at a college, university or training centre on an approved study programme. 

Apprenticeships are not only for those who have just left school. Many are also open to those who have been working for years or are starting a new career. 

Understanding apprenticeships 

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school-leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely. 

You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee. 

As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training.

The benefits for your business

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. 

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation 
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity 
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service 

Other benefits of working with apprentices include: 

  • You can adapt their training according to the needs of your business 
  • They’re motivated to learn new skills 
  • You can expand and upskill your workforce 

If you're interested in taking on an apprentice, information can be found on the UK government website

Visit for more information and a helpful step-by-step guide to employing an apprentice.