How can apprenticeships help businesses recover post-COVID?
With various employer incentives offered by the government, there has never been a better time to set up an apprenticeship programme. In this post-COVID era, businesses will be priming themselves to resume their strategies and re-focus on achieving long-term commercial ambitions. Apprenticeship programs can supercharge businesses recovery in numerous ways.
Strengthening leadership and middle management
Companies that wish to move forward in a post-Covid world will need employees with the right skills in critical areas, such as leadership, project management and data analysis.
But it’s often the case that many middle management positions are filled by employees that have risen through the company structure on performance merit, despite never receiving any standardised training.
To propel a business forward, individuals must be equipped with the right tools to manage and make the right decisions. Apprenticeship training enables companies to train existing and new talent to nationally recognised standards set by employers themselves.
Over time, this will result in companies full of people with the right skills to help it develop – and provide individuals with an opportunity to become socially mobile.
Empowering businesses to do more with less
Companies that have had to downsize or scale back employees during the pandemic can use apprenticeships to their advantage by diversifying the skills of existing employees. While some companies will be looking to scale up, cash flow issues and an economy in warm-up mode will see others opt to restructure and take a more agile approach.
Apprenticeships encourage employees to branch out to cover skills gaps, acting as a source of skills enrichment. There are a multitude of benefits to this approach, as it allows employers to build skills into their existing workforce, particularly if outlay for new hires is not immediately feasible.
Attracting loyal talent
Businesses looking to make a quick recovery and strengthen their positions in the post-COVID market will need first-class talent in their workforce. This relates to new hires that have genuine ambition, passion and drive to build a successful career in their given field.
A great way of tapping into this talent pool is through apprenticeships, which are now being seen by many young people as a credible path to obtaining a career without the financial burden of university.
With no age barrier to becoming an apprentice, employers can benefit from hiring apprentices with different backgrounds, whether that is degrees, life experience, focus and maturity. The pandemic has resulted in huge youth unemployment figures. And with many workers suffering redundancies, there is an eager workforce ready to retrain in new and required vocations.