Recruiting and retaining staff can be challenging, and an increasing number of employers are turning to apprenticeships to help grow their workforce.
Rob Muncaster, who owns an electrical service business in Sunderland, said: “We have always been pro-active in recruiting apprentices – traditionally it’s the best way for people to learn a trade and it’s a great way for us to grow our own talent.
“Two of our current team started off as Electrical Installation Apprentices, who we’ve since kept on as full-time employees, and I’m hopeful we’ll be able to do the same with our current apprentice.”
Suzanne Morton, who runs Little Jems Nursery in Houghton-Le-Spring, decided to recruit a Childcare Apprentice a few years ago. The business took off, allowing her client base to grow, and since then she has employed a further three apprentices.
She said: “These apprenticeships have been extremely valuable assets to our nursery setting. They have allowed us to ‘home grow’ and upskill our team, creating dedicated and committed professionals.
“Apprenticeships have been a crucial part of our success and I would encourage all businesses to consider them.”
Why hire an apprentice?
Education Partnership North East (EPNE) is one of the largest apprenticeship providers in the North East. Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way for any business to grow talent, train your existing staff, and develop a motivated, skilled, and qualified workforce.
Peter Robertson, Head of Business Development at the EPNE said: “Apprenticeships have evolved massively over the last few years and more and more businesses are recognising that hiring an apprentice can support them in growing their business.
“Taking on an apprentice can be daunting for an employer so we offer a full start to end recruitment service, free of charge, ensuring they that get the right candidate.”
There are many benefits to taking on an apprentice, including:
Mesma, a quality and software advisory organisation for education, now employ a number of apprentices in a variety of different roles. Managing Director Louise Doyle said: “I’m a real advocate of apprenticeships, they offer a great way to grow your organisation, and our apprentices bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to our business.
“Evan, our Sales Executive Apprentice, really supported us to develop our business sales model. I’d recommend to employers looking at recruiting to consider whether an apprentice could be a good fit for them.”
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February 22, 2024
EPNE held an inspiring event to celebrate the achievements of the region’s apprentices as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2024.
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EPNE is delighted to announce the appointment of Sunderland College Principal Toni Rhodes as their new Deputy Chief Executive.
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