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Blog: How can businesses benefit from apprenticeships?



There was no better time for a reminder of the positive impact apprenticeships have than during National Apprenticeship Week.

More than 250,000 workplaces across England currently offer apprenticeship programmes, and the benefits to businesses are vast.

Statistics from a report by the National Apprenticeship Service show 75 per cent of employers say an apprenticeship programme has helped slash recruitment costs, while 89 per cent say apprentices help make their business more productive.

An apprenticeship is a valuable tool to allow employers to identify and respond to existing skills shortages, in turn helping to bridge the skills gap. As a result, efficiencies are improved and growth is enabled, something especially vital for small businesses.

There’s also the added benefit that an apprentice can provide a fresh perspective and be flexible in order to adapt to fit the needs of a business.

If you’re looking for a candidate with a particular skillset but struggling to recruit the right person, taking on an apprentice is an ideal way to nurture new talent and shape them into the right fit for your business, ultimately leading to the development of a well-rounded and committed workforce.

One of the latest sector developments is the introduction of the Trailblazers scheme, which is helping employers take more control of the way apprenticeship programmes are designed, implemented and delivered, therefore increasing overall standards to benefit everyone.

There’s also the announcement of the proposed apprenticeship levy to consider, which will come into force in April 2017, meaning businesses with a wage bill of more than £3m will pay a levy of 0.5 per cent of their payroll to help fund apprenticeships across the UK.

Employers across the country now await further details on how exactly the system will work, but prior planning is crucial. The best thing to do is consult a training provider on what to do next, to ensure you’re equipped with the necessary resources in good time.

James Blackhurst

Managing Director

Jigsaw Training

Apprenticeship success: Lynette Coombs



For Lynette, an apprenticeship wasn’t just an opportunity to progress in her career, it was the perfect opportunity for personal development.  Starting as a cleaner, with various reception and maintenance duties, Lynette is now a confident and ambitious Account Manager at Mitie.

Through the apprenticeship in Facilities Management level 3, implemented and delivered by Jigsaw Training, Lynette has been able to gain a wider insight into Mite, while also boosting her confidence both professionally and personally.

Lynette now enjoys a challenging and varied role and has set her sights on more progression, with plans to grow into a more senior Operations Management role as the next step in her career.

Lynette is very proud to have been an apprentice and a true champion of its benefits. She says: “I have found the apprenticeship has helped me understand the facilities management sector in more depth, and I’m now able to pass my knowledge onto others in a way that really helps them to understand the processes.”

Apprenticeship success: Karly Jarvis


Karly Jarvis

Like many of us, when Karly finished school she didn’t know what she wanted to do. With no idea what career would suit her or what direction to go in, she found herself with the opportunity to complete an intermediate apprenticeship at Mitie in Facilities Services, implemented and delivered by Jigsaw Training.

As Karly puts it: “As a Mitie apprentice you get to witness first-hand what it’s like to work in various environments within facilities management, while getting paid and achieving a qualification at the same time.”

Karly is well aware of the benefits of doing an apprenticeship, saying that it made her more appealing to an employer, as you’ve spent time learning the trade. The experience was crucial for Karly, not only in developing the skills, but increasing her confidence to be successful in her role at Mitie.

Karly says: “I went from being a 16-year-old with no direction and not knowing what I wanted to do, to being in a full time post as Contract Support Administrator that I really enjoy on a very competitive rate of pay. It’s all thanks to the apprenticeship scheme.”

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