Over 130,000 businesses across the UK offer Apprenticeship places because they recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving business performance and ensuring a committed and competent workforce.

Recruiting Apprentices enables employers to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforce as Apprentices begin to learn sector specific skills from day one; developing specialist knowledge that will positively affect your bottom line.

In addition to eager, motivated staff who are committed to on the job training and development, industry research has highlighted numerous direct and indirect benefits of Apprenticeships for both recruiting new apprentices and for training your workforce:

  • 80% 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.
  • 83% of employers who employ Apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.
  • One in five employers are hiring more Apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate.
  • Apprenticeship programmes allow training to take part at the workplace with little disruption to business operations.
  • Depending on the nature of your business, Rochdale Training can provide flexible, bespoke assessment procedures designed to ensure that key business operations are not affected whilst our assessors are on site.
  • 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.
  • In terms of the return on investment linked to Apprenticeships, 41% say that their Apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period, while a further third (33%) report that Apprentices add value within their first few weeks (or even from Day One);
  • 57% report a high proportion of their Apprentices going on to management positions within the company.

* Data compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service