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Trade Apprenticeships: Why Your Business Should Consider Them

Rhino Trade Insurance 09 May 2024

If you're a seasoned pro in the world of craftsmanship, you know the value of skilled hands and the satisfaction that comes with a job well done. Now, imagine passing on your knowledge and moulding the next generation of skilled professionals while bringing serious  benefits to your business while you’re at it? 

In this blog we will break down everything employers in the UK need to know about nurturing the future of their trades.

Why Invest in Trade Apprenticeships?

  1. Skilled Workforce Investment

Let's get straight to the point - investing in a trade apprenticeship is investing in the future of your workforce. By taking on apprentices, you're not just filling a temporary gap; you're cultivating a skilled, loyal team that will contribute to the success of your business for years to come.

  1. Tailored Skills for Your Industry

Trade apprenticeships provide a unique opportunity to tailor the skills of your workforce to the specific needs of your industry. Whether you're in construction, plumbing, or electrical work, apprenticeships allow you to mould individuals with the precise skills and knowledge your business demands.

  1. Reduced Recruitment Costs

Tired of sifting through endless CVs and conducting interviews only to find candidates lacking practical experience? Apprenticeships offer a cost-effective solution by allowing you to grow your talent in-house. Say goodbye to recruitment costs and hello to a team that's trained to meet your company's unique needs.

How to Get Started with Trade Apprenticeships

Understanding the Apprenticeship Structure

Before diving in, it's essential to understand the structure of apprenticeships. They typically combine on-the-job training with classroom-based learning, creating a well-rounded educational experience. Familiarise yourself with the levels of apprenticeships available - from Level 2 for beginners to higher levels for those aiming for supervisory or managerial roles.

Becoming an Approved Training Provider

To offer an apprenticeship, you'll need to become an approved training provider or partner with one. This involves meeting certain quality standards and committing to providing a robust training program for apprentices. The process may sound bureaucratic, but the benefits far outweigh the paperwork.

Choosing the Right Apprenticeship for Your Business

Selecting the right apprenticeship for your business is crucial. Consider the specific skills and qualifications your industry demands. Whether it's carpentry, bricklaying, or heating and ventilation, aligning the apprenticeship with your business needs ensures a seamless integration of skills into your workforce.

Find out all about trade apprenticeships here. 

The Benefits of Employing Apprentices

Fresh Perspectives and Enthusiasm

Bringing in apprentices injects fresh perspectives and enthusiasm into your team. These individuals are eager to learn, open to new ideas, and ready to tackle challenges with gusto. Harnessing their energy can inspire innovation and drive positive change within your trade company.

Loyalty and Retention

Investing in an apprentice creates a sense of loyalty. Apprentices are more likely to stay with a business that has invested time and resources in their development - especially if you treat them well (don't forget to treat them to a greasy fry-up breakfast if that’s their bag). This loyalty reduces staff turnover, saving you the hassle of constantly recruiting and training new staff.

Customised Training for Your Company's Needs

Apprenticeships allow you to shape your workforce according to your company's specific needs. You have the power to customise the training program, ensuring that apprentices develop skills directly relevant to your industry and business goals.

Recruiting Your Apprentice

  1. Collaborate with Schools and Colleges

Forge partnerships with local schools and colleges to tap into a pool of eager and motivated candidates. Attend career fairs, give talks, and offer small tours of your work unit and sites to showcase the exciting opportunities your business can provide.

  1. Leverage Digital Platforms

In the digital age, don't underestimate the power of online recruitment. Utilise social media platforms, job boards, and your company website to reach a wider audience. Create engaging content that highlights the benefits of apprenticeships at your trade business.

  1. Look for Passion and Potential

When recruiting apprentices, focus on passion and potential rather than a polished CV. Look for individuals who demonstrate a genuine interest in your industry, a willingness to learn, and a strong work ethic. Remember, you're moulding the future, not just hiring for today.

Nurturing Apprentices: Best Practices for Your Trade Business

Provide Comprehensive Training

Ensure your trade business apprenticeship covers all aspects of the trade, both practically and theoretically. A well-rounded training experience sets the foundation for apprentices to become skilled professionals.

Encourage Mentorship

Simply put, become a mentor to your apprentice - they are usually young, so you can help them professionally as well as help them with life lessons. Mentorship fosters a supportive learning environment, accelerates skill development, and helps apprentices feel connected to the company culture.

Foster a Positive Work Environment

All work sites require a bit of banter, but perhaps take a different approach with your apprentice - don't scare them off; create a positive work environment that encourages open communication and collaboration. A supportive workplace boosts morale, enhances learning, and contributes to the overall success of your apprenticeship program.

Clearly Define Roles and Responsibilities

From day one, establish clear expectations regarding roles and responsibilities. Clearly define what is expected of the apprentice and outline the progression path within your business.

Provide Regular Feedback

Offer constructive feedback regularly to guide the apprentice's development. Recognise achievements, address areas for improvement, and create an open dialogue to foster continuous learning.

Promote Work-Life Balance

We all love to work hard, but we need to take time out and enjoy the fruits of our labour. While apprentices are eager to learn, it's crucial to promote a healthy work-life balance. Avoid overloading them with excessive tasks, ensuring they have time to absorb and apply the skills they're acquiring.

Join Rhino For All Your Trade Insurance Needs

By investing in a trade apprenticeship, you're not just shaping the future of your business - you're contributing to the legacy of skilled craftsmanship, which is unfortunately on the downturn at the moment. As an employer, you have the unique opportunity to pass on your knowledge, watch apprentices blossom into skilled professionals, and witness the positive impact they bring to your business.

In the busy world of tradespeople, protection is paramount. Choose Rhino Trade Insurance for your robust coverage that stands as strong as the projects you work on. With tailored policies and a commitment to your industry, Rhino ensures you're covered, no matter what curveballs the job throws your way. Get a quick and easy quote here - 0116 243 7904. 

About The Author Phil McCormick

Experienced in brand marketing and content. Most of that lovely communication you see online will be from Phil. social media, emails, videos, how to make a bacon sarny? You get the gist!

Trade most identified with: Electrician - It’s our Phil’s job to map out all our communications and make sure the signal works! Also, he’s one of the cockiest blighters in the team so electrician fits perfectly!

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