Two male apprentices in hard hats on a building site.

If city skylines are anything to go by, the construction sector has never been busier, with countless construction roles, from site manager to quantity surveyor, in high demand. 

One way to ensure your team has the right skills, training and experience to meet high levels of industry demand is to employ an apprentice and here are the reasons why. 

Nurture talent

Hiring an apprentice is a cost-effective way for you to nurture talent and help your business grow with knowledgeable, enthusiastic and qualified personnel. Construction apprenticeships allow you to mould a person into the ideal worker for your company, as opposed to hiring someone who might have a different style of working to you.

Bridge skills gap

With many older construction workers looking to retire, you’ll need a pipeline of employees ready to learn those valuable industry skills. Apprenticeships the ideal way to bring new talent into the construction industry and help them to gain key skills ‘on the job’ from experienced tradespeople. This will in turn ensure that your business can continue to grow with no drop in productivity. 

Reduce recruitment costs

Replacing employees is expensive and time consuming. Considering recruitment fees, lost productivity and retraining costs, it is said to cost one and a half times their salary to replace an employee. 

Taking on a construction apprentice allows you to create a more well-rounded, fully trained employee and could also lead to them accepting more senior positions and management roles within your team.

Financial support

Employers of all sizes can access a wide range of support and incentives to help with the cost of training an apprentice, from employer incentives to accessing levy gifting funds.

Our funding guide lists the grants that construction apprentices can access while our apprenticeship funding blog also breaks down what is available and who is eligible. You can also read our Guide to apprenticeship wages to gain a clearer picture as to what is expected of you as an employer, and remember to check if you are eligible for any construction industry grants.

Help to create the next generation of housebuilders

Apprentices are essential for the future of the construction industry. Investing in them through apprenticeships will keep skilled professionals working in the sector and create the housebuilders of tomorrow.

Apprenticeships are one of the best ways to bring in new talent and upskill existing staff but we know it can be a confusing process. That’s why our experienced team will take the hassle out of the process and guide you through the process from start to finish.   

Find out more about how we can help with your apprenticeship funding or call our team of friendly experts on 03333 222 666.

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