Why Apprenticeships are Attractive to Engineers

More and more engineering employers are discovering the benefits of employing apprentices, whether they employ a new member of staff as an apprentice or encourage existing employees to further their career.

Apprenticeships allow individuals to study for work-based qualifications that can significantly improve their future earning power and job enjoyment. However, it also hugely benefits the employer.

Apprenticeships are an increasingly attractive option for employers who want to bring new talent into their technology teams. An apprentice could be a solution for your business if you’re looking to:

  • Develop new talents
  • Free up existing staff
  • Give new skills and energy to the team
  • Give a young person a career opportunity

Offering young people an apprenticeship gives employers the chance to play an active role in moulding the future of their workforce and helping to create the skills needed to help their business, and industry, grow. Apprenticeships can also help to build strong employee loyalty and helps to increase the chances of up-skilling and maintaining highly skilled staff.

Investing in apprenticeships within a business or industry is a cost-effective way of growing talent.

To sum up, there are several reasons why apprenticeships are attractive to employers within the engineering industry.

  1. Grow your team whilst keeping staff costs down- the hourly national minimum wage for apprenticeships is currently £3.50 (at the time of writing).
  2. Hiring is simple and cheap- high-quality training providers will help you every step of the way regarding recruiting the right apprentice.
  3. New recruits can meet your needs- many employers decide to take on apprentices to build the skills capacity within the business or industry
  4. Allow flexibility for existing employees- apprentices mean existing employees time can be freed up for better working
  5. New skills and energy within the team- many employers find apprentices are beneficial to their business

Companies that are willing to invest in people by supporting apprenticeships shows a positive approach, which is also good for attracting future staff and clients or customers. The engineering sector is constantly on the lookout for staff with new and exciting skills to bring to the industry, which is why you’re likely to find many apprenticeship opportunities in this area.

At GET, we train apprentices in mechanical, electrical, maintenance, welding and fabrication, as well as offering dual skill programmes for employers who require multi-skilled individuals. For more information on how we can help you, get in touch today via our contact page or by calling 01452 423461, or view our current vacancies here.