Tuesday, 07 March 2017 09:57

Have you ever thought of hiring an apprentice?

thumbnail SCCB Employer campaign 2017 LinkedIn headerNow is the perfect time to do so. Research shows that apprentices have a positive impact on businesses by improving productivity, customer relations and the motivation of staff and that’s why leading companies now see apprenticeships as a central part of their recruitment and training strategy. What makes apprenticeships even more attractive is that Government funding is available to help you train apprentices to your working standards and in the way you want them to excel.

Through training in the workplace and college, apprentices complete their studies by working towards a qualification that is specific to your industry and can range from entry to higher degree levels, making apprenticeships suitable for all, from junior staff to senior managers, regardless of age and occupation. And more importantly an apprentice can either be a new recruit or an existing member of staff who has had a change of role or a promotion and needs training and development.

South and City College Birmingham will help you ensure you have the skilled workforce needed for the future and by combining learning and training through a mixture of on and off the job training, your apprentices will develop the skills and knowledge your business needs.

Abdul Mozzamdar, apprenticeship manager for Kier Partnership Homes, leading property, residential construction and services group said: “Kier Partnership Homes have been recruiting apprentices for many years now. As a company, we recognise that we have an aging workforce and we will have a skill shortage if we do not start bringing in new blood into the company.

“South and City College are very proactive in recommending good candidates from their fulltime diploma courses to filling any vacancies we may have here in the Birmingham area as well as identifying other young people who may be suitable. The college sends me CVs, arranges interviews and even organise a room for me at the college to conduct the interviews.

“I would definitely recommend taking on apprentices, it gives you the chance to mould young men and women into your company ethos on top of breeding loyalty and commitment amongst your apprentices.”

At South and City College Birmingham, we have a business services team ready to provide recruitment and training services to employers throughout the Midlands. Not only do we provide solutions for injecting new talent into your business, we will identify and respond to the specific needs of your business and offer endless support throughout your apprentices training.

Director of Business Services at South and City College Birmingham, Teresa Addinell said: “Here at South and City College, we are passionate about meeting the needs of our thriving business community and providing opportunities for local communities.

“That’s why we are so successful in finding and filling Apprenticeship vacancies and offering training and development courses as well as workshops that are industry relevant. We believe that any investment businesses make in their people must be beneficial and we are delighted with the feedback we get from our clients about our services and the positive impact Apprentices have made to their business in terms of commitment, motivation and even bottom line measures such as productivity and customer satisfaction.”

For more information, please call 0121 477 1400.

Want to become an apprentice? Click here for more information on how you can apply.