This week (February 6th – 10th) is National Apprenticeships Week. The week is designed to raise the profile of apprenticeships in the UK – among individuals and businesses. The government has come out recently with a big push to get more companies to start hiring apprentices. A few weeks ago David Cameron said there could be up to £1,500 given to small businesses who take on an apprentice. We are happy to report at The Corner Office we have two: One working with our sales team and another working in IT group. We are so happy to have them and enjoy showing them new skills to get them ahead of the curve.
For those of you that don’t know, an apprentice (according to the National Apprenticeship Service) earns a wage and works alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply.
There are benefits for both employers and apprentices. For employers, they get an extra set of hands. Companies with apprenticeships have said that their work places have become more productive. For apprentices, it’s a great way to start their careers – there is no better training than hands on training. Want to get involved and learn more? Click here to see all the information about the week.