If you run a small or medium-sized business with all the challenges it can bring, you may not have considered hiring an apprentice. But with 89% of employers saying apprenticeships make their business more productive and 75% saying they have lowered recruitment costs, it might be worth taking another look.
This week the government has confirmed its commitment to apprenticeships by pledging to pay all training costs for employers with less than 50 employees who take on apprentices aged 16 to 18-years-old. Research by the Federation of Small Businesses shows that almost a quarter of all small businesses have one or more apprentices and that the majority of these apprentices fall within that age bracket.
Apprentices can often have a positive effect in the workplace, bringing enthusiasm, fresh-thinking and a boost to the business. It’s a way of recruiting new talent and diversifying your workforce; they may bring the skills needed to enable you to push projects further and their talents can often complement the expertise of your more experienced staff.
With apprenticeships available in 1500 occupations across 170 industries, this could be a chance to strengthen your team and build a motivated and highly-qualified workforce.
It’s great to be part of an organisation that campaigns for investment in children’s play facilities and which raises the standards of the entire industry.
Having the support of the FSPA behind us is tremendously beneficial and greatly enhances the offering to our membership.
I have been a member of SPE for many years now and every member shows a 100% commitment to promote participation in sport and play in the UK.
It’s sometimes difficult to get heard when you stand on your own. But when you're part of a respected body like the FSPA, people listen and things start to happen.
The opportunity to meet with like-minded people across our sector to discuss some of the challenges is always invaluable.
Working together as a group of companies creates a stronger voice for the play industry, which benefits both suppliers and customers.