Apprentices could help firms grow

21st January 2011 Business, Informative 874

A business is only as good as its employees and in the current economic climate staff performance could be the key to helping your organisation weather the storm and emerge stronger. Investing in your workforce may seem like an expensive option when budgets are tight, but there is a cost-effective way to provide the practical skills and qualifications your firm needs.

An apprentice would be a highly motivated new recruit who could help improve productivity, increase your competitive edge and deliver real results to your bottom line.

With an apprentice, your company will benefit from having a member of staff learning up-to-date skills and techniques from courses designed by companies in your sector.

These skills can then be passed on to the rest of your workforce – helping your company keep abreast of technological and operational advances in your field and filling any skill gaps that may exist.

Your business will also benefit from a new source of motivation as apprentices tend to be eager and loyal to the company that has invested in them.

In fact, in a survey 88% of employers believed that taking on an apprentice led to a more motivated and satisfied workforce (survey conducted by Populus on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council, February 2009).

Original Article

Date: 20th January 2011