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Apprentices can benefit your business.

THE "earn while you learn" principle of apprenticeships is very attractive to many people seeking the right course - and they are also a very attractive proposition for employers.

For example, the average apprenticeship improves productivity by PS214 per week and up to 100 per cent funding could be available to support the employer.

Learndirect can provide help to recruit as many apprentices as businesses want - just like a recruitment agency, it searches for, screens and selects suitable apprentices.

However, it is not always a matter of finding good candidates externally. An apprentice doesn't have to be someone new - one of a firm's current staff could be an ideal candidate for an apprenticeship. This is a great way to upskill and nurture the talent already at a company.

Employers often ask: "Do I have to employ my apprentice?" Well, in most cases you do. As the employer, you must induct your apprentice into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are responsible for paying your apprentice's wages and issuing their contract of employment.

There are exceptions.

Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs) employ apprentices and loan them out for their training.

An apprenticeship will last at least a year and go up to four years in some occupations requiring high-level specialist skills. The expected length of time is recommended by employers, but the time taken will vary by individual and employer.

So, what happens if the employer can't complete the apprentice's on-the-job training? In this event, the company's training to date will be greatly appreciated and help will be provided to find an alternative apprenticeship with another employer.

Another question asked by employers is: "What happens if I become so busy that I cannot train someone for a while?" In that event, Learndirect will work with the company to re-profile the apprentice's training programme to reflect your work pressures.

"What happens if my apprentice leaves before the end of the apprenticeship?" Then Learndirect will help the apprentice to complete their apprenticeship elsewhere and find you a replacement.

To discover how apprenticeships can transform your business, call 0800 101 901.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jan 28, 2016
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