Why employ an Apprentice?

Whilst helping tomorrow’s workforce get a step on the ladder is undoubtedly rewarding, there are also very real and tangible reasons why hiring an apprentice is good for your business.

  • 80% of companies who invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention
  • 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices.
  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 59% report that training apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, with 59% believing that Apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs and 53% feeling that they reduce recruitment costs
  • 57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company

The right apprentice for your business

With a wide choice of Apprenticeship Frameworks on offer the areas of your business that an Apprentice can work in is endless. Do you need an extra pair of hands keeping your companies social media presence up to date, or in your accounts department? Maybe an Apprentice administrator or Warehousing assistant could add value to your team? Click here to check out the options available to see if we can help your business.

As the second-largest Chamber of Commerce in the country with over 3,800 businesses within its membership, the Chamber is perfectly in-tune with the demands, challenges and opportunities faced by businesses of all sizes and functions from multi-national corporations to start-ups.

The Chamber understands the needs of businesses and this is why it has such a fantastic relationship with its Apprenticeship employers. Whilst the Chamber is there to add value to its apprentices, equally, it shows the same duty of care to employers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Read case studies with the Chamber’s Apprenticeship employer partners here.

To discuss employing an apprentice through the Chamber Apprenticeships programme, please click here.

Remember – employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training.


AGE grants

As an employer you may be eligible for a £1,500 VAT-free AGE Grant. These grants are available to Apprenticeships employers if:

  • You’re a small (fewer than 50 staff) sized employer
  • Your apprentice is aged 16 to 24
  • You have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months

The Grant supports businesses who would not otherwise be in a position to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.

An employer, working with an approved Government-funded training organisation such as the Chamber, can receive up to five grants in total.

All that is asked is that an apprentice has not started with you in the last year. Businesses that have received the grant have used it for equipment and additional specialist training.

For more information on AGE Grants, please click here.