Why the startup industry needs apprentices


Accenture Technology Labs Staff

By  | Apr 17, 2015 Tech City Insider 

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At the time of writing it’s election time in the UK, and you’ll be hearing about how apprenticeship schemes are becoming an increasingly popular way for young people to enter the working world, allowing them to learn a trade and gain valuable on-the-job experience whilst earning a wage. However, many young businesses shy away from apprentices as they believe they’re costly and time consuming, or they’re unsure about the recruitment process. 

Personally, I’ve always been a supporter of apprenticeships and paid for internships. Not only have we been engaging with them at Flubit.com for the last few years, but during my university years I gained the experience needed by being the intern! I think I completed about 15 short-term ones over my three years at university.  

Speaking from experience, for a growing business, where creativity and technical skills are vital to success, I firmly believe apprenticeships provide an important and cost effective way of recruiting high-quality employees. These young ‘up-and-coming’ talents bring heaps of energy and willingness to do a lot of varied roles; they look for experience and learning across multiple disciplines, which, for a startup, is crucial. 

Moreover, by taking on an apprentice means you can nurture their talent, train them in the ways you want them to work and help them develop skills to your own high standards. 

Committed workforce 

One of the biggest benefits of running an apprenticeship scheme is that it helps create a dedicated, loyal workforce. The majority of apprentices are young school or college leavers, meaning they have plenty of energy and enthusiasm. They are keen to do well and prove themselves.

Offering an apprenticeship could be one of the most rewarding things you do, not only from a business perspective, but from a personal perspective as well. You know that you’ve helped someone’s career and in return, you normally end up with a member of staff that really goes that extra mile for you. However, it’s important to ensure the apprentice you hire is the right one.

Set expectations 

One thing I’d say though is that before getting involved with the recruitment process, make sure you’ve got clear expectations.

You’re not going to get somebody with experience or the ready made skills so you need to be able to invest the time in them to train them up. But they may bring a fresh approach and new ideas so you’re probably looking for someone with great potential that’s in it for the long-term. As with any new recruit you want to ensure they have a good attitude and have a desire to succeed.

It’s important to see apprentices as an investment, both in the future of the individual and your business. Don’t allow the small initial cost stopping you from hiring apprentices, there’s a helping hand available in the form of government grants and incentives for companies taking on apprentices. In most cases, the National Apprenticeship Service will match your commitment to hiring apprentices by covering, in full or in part, the training costs. 

With so many short and long-term benefits to hiring an apprentice, maybe it’s time for you to hire one and experience the advantages first hand.   

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About Paul Champion

Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for www.3aaa.co.uk where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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