Has there ever been a better time for your company to take on new apprentices?

Given the ageing workforce and the limited number of available skilled workers there has never been a better time to consider recruiting apprentices in Wales or upskilling your existing workforce. As you may be aware apprentices are now becoming a requirement of most tender opportunities.

ARC Academy can help you with training your apprentices in Wales – we offer nationally recognised qualifications for Plant Operations and Construction Operatives (Groundworkers) which are equivalent to 5 GCSEs along with the Occupational Work Supervision (OWS) qualification.

Recruiting apprentices are key to developing a future workforce and supporting skills delivery, which has never been so important given the current skills shortages we are facing. Because of this Welsh Government offer fully-funded 18-month long apprenticeship training, partly using ESF funds.

The apprenticeship is made up of 4 elements;

  • Knowledge, which is delivered as a Level 2 BTEC in Construction Operations for both Groundworker and Plant apprentices.
  • Competence, which is evidenced through an NVQ L2 in Civil Engineering and Construction Operations or Plant Operative
  • Maths and English, we will upskill the learner to ensure they can cope with the course if required and they could achieve L2 Essential skills in both communications and application of number unless they already hold an equivalent qualification.
  • In addition to the qualification delivery, all new apprentices will receive a green CSCS or a red apprentice card at the start of their programme.

The benefits of upskilling your workforce

  • Improve workforce – at no cost to the employer
  • Increase a company’s bottom line
  • Increase staff loyalty and retention
  • Provide skilled workers for the future
  • Develop new skills and knowledge
  • Achieve industry-recognised qualifications

No cost to the employers

The apprenticeships that we offer are paid for through the Apprenticeship 2022 scheme, funded by Welsh Government, so employers incur no cost to upskill and train their staff.

Increase a company’s bottom line

Investing in staff trained through apprenticeships has a positive effect on a company’s finances, making it more competitive. Furthermore, as companies receive funding for each apprentice they take on, it means they don’t have to spend as much to recruit new staff.

Increase staff loyalty and retention

Employees who have been trained in-house tend to be highly motivated, committed to the company and supportive of its business objectives. An apprenticeship encourages employees to think of their job as a career and to stay with the company for longer, which reduces recruitment costs. Offering an apprenticeship to an existing member of staff shows that you see them as an integral part of the workforce and are happy to invest in their future.

More and more employers today are waking up to the benefits of apprenticeships. This can either be employing a new member of staff as an apprentice or encouraging an existing employee to further their career by taking an apprenticeship.

Provide skilled workers for the future

Recruiting apprentices in Wales helps employees to improve their skills, which will benefit and improve a company’s workforce. An apprenticeship will also ensure that the skills developed are matched to the company’s future needs. This will help fill any skills gaps and allow the business to source future managers and leaders from within.

Develop new skills and knowledge

Offering people apprenticeships gives businesses the chance to play an active role in moulding their future workforce and creating the future skills that they need to help their businesses grow.

Achieve industry-recognised qualifications

Your employees will achieve and hold industry-recognised qualifications which will demonstrate their competence and knowledge. This can have a positive effect on your company when tendering and winning new work. The staff you provide are fully trained and qualified for thier roles.

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