Why apprenticeships work for business
Say yes to an apprentice
Apprentices can help to:
- grow your business
- nurture local talent
- meet young people who want to earn and learn
The County Council is offering grants of up to £1,500 to encourage small to medium sized businesses to hire an apprentice for the first time. Find out how local businesses are benefitting from taking on apprentices and receiving a £1,500 grant.
The Youth Employment Subsidy is available to businesses in Nottinghamshire that meet the following criteria:
- employ less than 250 people and recruiting an apprentice for the first time
- employ an apprentice who lives within the Nottinghamshire County Council administrative boundary
- take on a young person aged 16, 17, 18 or 19.
Young people aged 16 – 19 (up to their 20th birthday) and 16 – 24 (up to their 25th birthday) are eligible if they are a care leaver or registered disabled.
Find out more or call Futures who are administering the scheme on behalf of the County Council on tel: 0115 960 1597.
Nottinghamshire County Council employs 50 apprentices – five times the number employed in 2012 – in a range of roles including business administration, food preparation, finance, construction, grounds work and retail, underlining the County Council's commitment to support apprenticeships.
How to recruit an apprentice
Recruiting an apprentice is easy, with support available from the National Apprenticeship Service website, or on tel: 08000 150 600.
Recruit in five easy steps
- complete the online form on the National Apprenticeship Service website
- The National Apprenticeship Service representative will call to discuss your specific needs and help you identify a suitable training provider.
- You confirm the number of current employees and new recruits you want to start an Apprenticeship.
- Start the recruitment process. Vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website, where suitable applicants can apply.
- You choose your ideal candidates and then your apprentices start.
Employers who would like to take on an apprentice but are unable to do so can use the Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA). The ATA will employ the apprentice and place them with an employer. The ATA is responsible for the apprentice’s employment and the host employer pays a fee to the ATA for this service. Find out more about hiring an apprentice.
Why apprenticeships matter: what businesses say
Rob Atkinson, Managing Director, Caterway, Sutton in Ashfield
A specialist supplier to fast food outlets, Caterway, appointed its first apprentice in January 2012 and according to Managing Director, Rob Atkinson hasn’t looked back: “I had the typical misconception of old-style apprenticeships and was amazed at the quality of talent we were able to interview for this post.”
“We appointed Tom Hill on a Level 2 Warehousing apprenticeship. Tom had ambitions to work in the office but first he needed to convince me he could do the hard work in the warehouse, enabling him to learn the business from grass roots level and demonstrate his commitment to the business
When Tom completed his warehouse apprenticeship we were happy to offer him a second office based apprenticeship, within our finance department. He is close to finalising a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship and there is every chance this will then lead to a permanent role.”
Tom says: “I had been out of work for some time and was grateful to get the opportunity to join an expanding company like Caterway through the apprenticeship scheme. It’s been hard work but I’ve enjoyed it and it’s enabled me to grow within the business through my efforts and hopefully set me up for a long career.”
Mark Townsend, Managing Director, Derry Building Services, Newark
Derry Building Services was established in 1734 and is now one of the most technically advanced Mechanical and Electrical, Design and Build Contractors in the UK. The firm places a high priority on training and development, supporting three recognised apprenticeship programmes:
- NVQ3 - Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment
- NVQ3 - Heating and Ventilation Industrial and Commercial
- NVQ3 - Business and Administration
“Both myself and my Director Steve Burley started our career as apprentices so understand first hand just how important this form of entry into the workplace is” explained Managing Director Mark Townsend.
“Attending apprenticeship recruitment fairs and being able to talk to students face to face not only allows us to discuss our expectations with them, but also enables us to understand what they hope to achieve from an apprenticeship. This in turn ensures that we recruit the right individuals for our business."
Timico is an independent communications service provider specialising in voice and data connectivity solutions for UK businesses, employing over 160 people at the company’s Newark headquarters
The firm initially recruited two apprentices at the Newark Apprenticeship Fair – both of whom are still with the company and one of whom has been entered into the National Apprentice of the Year Award 2013.
Timico currently employs six apprentices working in IT and Business Administration.
Dawn Spear, HR Manager said:” Apprenticeship Fairs allow us to meet candidates face to face, to help gain an understanding of the individual, without putting them through the full recruitment process. The Fairs are free to attend and the quality of candidates is, on the whole, exceptional. The young people who attend have a genuine interest in gaining an apprenticeship, are motivated, keen and pro-active - qualities that can often put them head and shoulders above their peers.”