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Apprenticeships are good for business.

In a recent report by the REC’s Recruitment Matters Magazine, March Edition. They look at why apprentices are great for businesses and specifically recruitment firms.

Let’s start with a few interesting facts about Apprenticeships…

  • Building Skills – 82% of UK employers take on Apprentices to build the skills capacity within their business.
  • Increased Employee Satisfaction – 88% of apprentice employees believe they lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce, leading to greater loyalty and quality.
  • Lower recruitment costs – 75% of apprentice employers say the programme has helped cut recruitment costs, 80% say that apprentices will play a bigger part in their future recruitment policy.
  • Attractive to customers – 81% of consumers favour companies that employ apprentices.
  • Reduced staff turnover – 80% of employers feel that apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.
  • Greater Productivity – 81% of apprentice employers say they make their businesses more productive. The average apprenticeship completer increases business productivity by £214 per week.

Earn while you learn

Apprenticeships are unfairly slandered as less work for less pay. However the reality is they are just as important as the rest of the team they work with. Recruitment apprentices can carry out many of the same tasks as an experienced consultant. They will meet and support clients, interview candidates and ensure compliance to internal systems and processes and external compliance requirements. Apprentices can get a comprehensive overview of the role before they have even finished their qualification, ensuring an immediate contribution when they graduate, bringing new skills to the team.

 Your company, your style

Recruitment apprenticeships offer a great opportunity to immerse the trainee to the values of the company of the company in question, they soak up the behaviours and practices that make the company successful and different on a day to day basis. They will become accustomed to what makes the business tick and will naturally align to the corporate vision forming a strong and loyal relationship with the company.

A wealth of funding options

Funding is available to help with training in England. The main funding route is through the Skills funding agency. The amount of funding available will depend on your geographical location, the age and the previous academic achievement of the candidate in question, as well as the scope of the employer. The amount of funding for the apprenticeship and eligibility is dependent on many factors, but mainly on the job role and the age of the apprentice.

GEM success stories

Here at GEM we are consistent supporters of the apprenticeship agenda. Our Managing Director – Lee Rankin is a proud past apprentice and was named as one of the North East 200 Apprentice Greats, an initiative launched by the North East Chamber of Commerce in 2015 to raise the profile of apprenticeships as a route to business success. We employ a number every year across our branch network, some of which have gone on to launch successful careers with GEM.

Jack Dinsdale

Jack graduated from his apprenticeship in recruit practice in 2015. He demonstrated potential from the early stages of his program; a confident speaker with a keen eye for candidate selection, Jack’s enthusiasm and commitment to client service has led to a permanent role as a recruitment consultant within the Commercial Team, based from our Newton Aycliffe Branch.

Beth Appleby

Beth graduated through our GEM Premium People Industrial division where she supported a number of key Industrial contracts in the East Durham corridor during her training. Since her graduation Beth has shown us just how capable she is and has relished the challenge stepping in to the role of Recruitment Consultant where she now controls fully a number of Industrial client contracts. Beth’s skills and attributes continue to flourish as she looks set for a bright future here at GEM.

Apprenticeships in 2016.

In the summer of 2016 we will be looking to bring in yet another apprentice here at GEM, we aim to nurture and develop our apprentices and hope to watch them flourish and succeed within our corporate culture.

Take the chance to establish yourselves among one of the fastest growing industries in the UK, and within the only North East based agency who was named in a recent UK wide report –
The Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain in 2016, An annual celebration sponsored by The London Stock Exchange of some of the fastest growing and most dynamic small & medium sized enterprise (SME’s) in the UK today.

For further opportunities within GEM check out our work for us page

For more information on why apprenticeships are good for recruitment, take a look at the REC’s March Edition of Recruitment Matters on the link below