You may already have noticed, and there may even be one sitting at the next desk – apprentices are popping up in all sorts of workplaces, and in every sector.
Businesses, charities, social enterprises and other types of employers are cottoning on to the value apprentices can bring to a team, and the good return on investment they represent.
This National Apprenticeship Week Sophie Hardwick who heads up Apprenticemakers – the organization helping SMEs find and employ apprentices – shares the stories of 5 pioneering employers using apprenticeships in inspirational ways...
1. Snow-Camp is a London charity that is changing lives by introducing disadvantage young people to snow sports. Some of the young people Snow-Camp supports are selected to undertake apprenticeships through the charity, which equips them with qualifications and work experience within the snow sports industry even helping some achieve ski and snowboard instructor status. By making apprenticeships a central aspect of its operations, Snow-Camp is changing lives and providing opportunities that would be unobtainable for the young people otherwise.
We realized there were a lot of young people in a similar position to the one we’d been in, and decided apprenticeships were the right route. There’s a perception that you have to be a certain age to take on particular responsibilities but I think that’s a complete myth. I don’t think age matters in any way. Young people can do amazing things. Rob Martin Drake-Knight, Rapanui
These youngsters have different ideas to mine. They bring energy to the business. They don’t come with any baggage – they’re just so fresh and they bring that infectious enthusiasm to us.
Jane Field, Jonny's Sister
These are just a few examples of small businesses achieving great things with the help of apprenticeships. Read more case studies, and find out how to begin your business’ own apprenticeships journey at www.apprenticemakers.co.uk.