Benefits of apprenticeships to employers

The benefits to those who complete apprenticeships are well-publicised, but what’s in it for you as the employer?

Incorporating apprenticeships into a training and recruitment strategy can be of huge benefit to an organisation, and the year-on-year growth of apprentices within the engineering industry is aligned with the number of businesses introducing apprentices into their workforce.

  • A cost-effective solution to training and recruitment
  • Target skill shortages with individuals who have completed sector-specific study
  • Increase employee retention, progression and loyalty
  • Increase staff performance, efficiency and productivity
  • Attract enthusiastic, motivated individuals
  • Enhance profitability
904,800

apprentices in England in 2015/16 – up from 871,000 in 2014/15

75%

of employers agree that taking on apprentices has lowered recruitment costs

80%

of employers say that apprenticeships will play a bigger part in their future recruitment plans

4th

Engineering and Manufacturing Technology is the fourth most popular sector in England for apprenticeships (77,000 starts in 2015 / 15% of total apprenticeship starts in 2015)

92%

of businesses who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce