Why take on our apprentices

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Why you should take on an apprentice is two-fold.

To support the next generation and be supported in your individual business needs.

Apprentices can prove absolutely invaluable to a business, according to UK employers, from improving your bottom line to growing your talent, filling a skills gap and motivating colleagues.

Crucially, apprenticeship programmes are designed by employers, so are focused on relevant skills, knowledge and behaviours that can really benefit your business.

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Interested in finding out more about how we can help with your apprenticeships?

Contact us:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)

By email: apprenticeships@ucb.ac.uk

Percentage
83%

rely on apprentices for skilled workers they need for the future. 

Percentage
80%

of apprenticeships reduce staff turnover.

Percentage
59%

training apprentices more cost effective than hiring skilled staff.

A win-win situation 

  • Apprenticeships can improve staff motivation and business performance
  • Apprentices feeling valued = improved confidence, loyalty and productivity
  • Enhance your corporate image – customers, potential employees and stakeholders will recognise you invest in the training and development of existing staff and\or new recruits
  • Improve working conditions through apprentices’ good practice in health and safety set out by the Apprenticeship Standard
  • Apprenticeship qualifications are designed with the help of employers so include skills and knowledge an apprentice can use immediately for the benefit of your business
  • Lowers external recruitment costs – more cost effective than recruiting additional staff to cover a skills shortage
  • Government support, dependant on business size, current pay bill and age of apprentice 
"UK businesses consider skills shortages and recruitment challenges a bigger threat to productivity and performance and apprenticeships can be a much more strategic approach to workforce development."

Gail Tipper Director of Apprenticeships at University College Birmingham

Why choose University College Birmingham?

Apprenticeships are one of our key strengths at University College Birmingham.

Part of this is supporting you on your whole journey, from attracting the right apprentice to successful completion of a programme.

To ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible from start to finish, you will be allocated a dedicated apprenticeship adviser, while our flexible approach is designed to ensure that employing an apprentice is straight-forward and will benefit, not disrupt, your business.

The added advantage of our programmes is that apprentices have the opportunity to progress through the course levels if it will benefit the job role.

They can even pursue a degree course at University College Birmingham in the future.

Percentage
87%

of employers are satisfied with the programme.

Percentage
76%

of employers say that productivity has improved. 

Percentage
75%

of employers reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

An employer’s story – Sandwell Park Farm’s award-winning tea rooms

"I was apprehensive about having an apprentice, but Jenny is absolutely incredible and, eight months into her year-long apprenticeship, she has become such an important part of our team. To start with, she was very quiet and shy, but it soon became clear that she was a very quick learner. One of the first things I did was brief her on the many different questions customers might ask and when I pretended to be the customer, she was word perfect straight away.

We also discovered she is something of a baking expert, her cakes being the best I’ve ever tasted, so we gave her a far bigger role in the baking here. Within months, she was preparing and serving hundreds of three-course lunches for visiting Crufts Dog Show judges, catering for up to 2,000 people on Bank Holidays, and is now running her own unit on the site. She is absolutely brilliant and we don’t want to lose her.

What I’d say to employers considering an apprentice is that while it’s great to be a part of bringing young blood through, it can also benefit your business enormously. The University College Birmingham team is also brilliant, regularly coming out to see me. Can’t fault them."

Sue Kane, supervisor

(Apprentice – Jennifer Turner, University College Birmingham Hospitality Apprenticeship Level 2)

What's involved? 

Apprentices are aged 16 or over (there is no upper age limit) and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification within a framework or the new set of standards - from Level 2 up to degree level and even master’s level.

Find out more

View our employer guide 

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