Yes. An apprenticeship is a terrific way to bring a young person into a small business in a way that they’re supported. Good programmes include regular coaching and a bespoke plan for both the apprentice and your business.
Six apprenticeship questions every business owner should ask
There is a tendency for businesses to employ somebody who’s already been tested, who’s already done the job – that’s human nature. However, particularly for jobs at the beginning of your career, having done a bit beforehand doesn’t always mean a lot.
For example, the pandemic has seen a lot of talented graduates coming into our Digital Marketing Academy apprenticeship programme. They have degrees in graphic design or videography, but they’re working in hospitality or retail, and having trouble getting that first career job. The Academy teaches these graduates to apply their content creation skills in a business context. Now they’re creating campaigns, redesigning websites and thriving. The same is true for many other apprenticeship standards.
For small businesses, it can be a bit scary bringing someone new in, there are often concerns it will take up too much time. In those cases, having a training provider with a thorough coaching and training programme can be hugely beneficial.
The incentives are designed to encourage businesses to take the plunge and take on somebody new. A 95% funded apprenticeship programme, £3,000 cash incentive and potential saving on Employer’s NIC, adds up to quite a lot of financial and training support.