Dorset businesses urged to think about getting an apprentice

Dorset businesses urged to think about getting an apprentice

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:53am 12th February 2020.

Hiring an apprentice is easy and could benefit your business say Dorset Council.

They are also reminding local companies that financial help is available, to pay for training and assessments.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help said:

"Around 90 percent of apprentices stay in that employment after the scheme ends, which shows what a great contribution they make. 

 "It is a great way of growing the talent your business needs - a win-win situation!

"I'd encourage all small businesses to explore how an apprentice could fit into their organisation."

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Government research has shown that 96 per cent of small and medium-sized apprentices have reported at least one business benefit from hiring an apprentice. 

Claudia Moore of Weymouth BID said:

“In today’s work environment, skills shortages and recruitment difficulties can be a real threat to the competitiveness of businesses.

“Apprenticeships ensure that employees have practical and up to date skills in order to improve efficiency, productivity, competitiveness and staff retention. Apprentices can also bring a new perspective and fresh talent into your business.”

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A total of 43 people have successfully completed apprenticeships at Dorset Council since April 2019.

Most were existing employees developing new skills.

Dorset Council currently has 117 apprentices and is aiming to recruit more.

John Sellgren, Dorset Council Executive Director for Place and Apprenticeship Chairman Board, said:

"Apprenticeships are for all and I would encourage anyone who finds themselves at a crossroad in their career to consider an apprenticeship.”