Home > Employ An Apprentice > How to Offer a Competitive Apprenticeship

How to Offer a Competitive Apprenticeship

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 5 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
How To Offer A Competitive Apprenticeship

An apprentice can bring a lot to your company but in order to attract the best candidates you need to offer a competitive apprenticeship scheme. This is particularly important if a lot of other companies in your area or industry are offering apprenticeships too.

Firstly, you need to understand what an apprentice wants from an employer. Make sure you have good training in place, offer a fair wage and are flexible about the time they take off for study and how their apprenticeship evolves.

Know What Apprentices Want

To be able to offer a competitive apprenticeship you need to understand what apprentices want. Although they are taking a job within your company, they have also chosen this route for the training and opportunity to gain a qualification. You as an employer will need to balance these interests so that they can get the most out of it.

Prepare Good Training

As well as the chance to start working and earn a wage, apprentices are also looking for a good training scheme that help them progress in their job. There is a lot of help and resources out there to guide you through setting up training and you need to take advantage of it. A potential apprentice will want to see that a training scheme supports their work and study and gathers pace as they learn more skills and gain experience.

Offer a Fair Deal

You take on an apprentice as an employee, so although they are still training, you need to offer them a reasonable wage. It should reflect industry standards and if you are keen to offer a competitive apprenticeship then it should exceed them.

The same applies to holidays and other benefits. Make it clear what is available. You should also highlight the time you are willing to give apprentices to attend college and study.

Be Flexible

Apprentices who are looking for a competitive apprenticeship scheme will be keen to see that their employer is flexible.

Whether this is about how much time they have to study, increasing their wages as they progress, or adjusting the training to suit them. As an employer you should be open to change and willing to work with your apprentice to forge a happy relationship.

Be Loud & Proud

There is no point having a competitive apprenticeship in place if nobody knows about it. Make sure that the local jobcentre has all the details and emphasise the points that make your company stand out. The same applies if you are advertising at colleges or in local papers.

Be willing to go and talk to students or appear on the radio talking about the scheme. Also, if you have past apprentices, get them to talk to potential apprentices as word of mouth is the best advert.

To attract the best apprentices who can offer the most to your company, you need to offer a competitive apprenticeship. Think about what candidates are looking for. Make sure you have a structured training plan in place and can offer them a fair wage and benefits.

Be willing to be flexible about time off for study and your apprentice’s progression. Finally, make sure you advertise your scheme well otherwise no-one will ever know that it is competitive.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
I am looking to take on an apprentice but its unclear where to get the full details of employment from.For example what if an apprentice decides to leave - where does this leave the employer?What if the apprentice cannot perform a majority of the tasks (with training of course) or what if the company can no longer afford to employ?What about long term sick leave for a 12 month apprenticeship?This information is critical to employers looking to recruit and yet I find it difficult to find this information.
AHS - 5-Jan-17 @ 10:47 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Kerry
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    I am 31 haven't worked for 12 years due to caring for my children. I would like to start an apprentice but because an…
    17 August 2019
  • Jo E.
    Re: Your Rights as an Apprentice
    My daughter has just started a hairdressing apprenticeship. She has been told that they will hold back her first two weeks salary.…
    14 August 2019
  • Ali
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    Hi if I do a apprenticeship will I get any childcare vouchers help, my partner and I both work full and part time. Thanks ali
    9 August 2019
  • Mimph
    Re: Making an Apprentice Redundant
    My grandson has to attend a meeting to discuss reduntancy, his employers are trading at a loss. He has been informed he can take…
    3 August 2019
  • Cathy
    Re: Your Rights as an Apprentice
    Hi my son is 22 and just finished his first year in his apprenticeship, he had a meeting last month with his boss and was told he…
    30 July 2019
  • Staffy
    Re: Apprentices' Frequently Asked Questions
    Hi. I’ve paid for and completed my level 2&3 electrical installations course myself and working for a small company…
    26 July 2019
  • Chloe
    Re: Wages and Funding for Apprentices
    Hi, I have a 3 year old and wanting to start an apprenticeship 30 minimum a week on apprentice wage, I want to know if I’d…
    24 July 2019
  • Fraz1975
    Re: Your Rights as an Apprentice
    My son just lost his job today 3 years into his apprenticeship. The reason he was told was he was not up to standard even though…
    23 July 2019
  • Fraz1975
    Re: Can I Sack an Apprentice?
    My son was in his 3rd if his apprenticeship, he went to work as normal today and got sacked now he said that he never had any warning…
    23 July 2019
  • Tine
    Re: Working Hours and Holidays
    My daughter is employed as a hairdresser apprentice in Glasgow. Now she has been hospitalized and will probably stay for more than 4…
    18 July 2019