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Business benefits of taking on a Semta Apprentice

Many business leaders in our sector served an engineering Apprenticeship to gain the skills and experience they needed to get their career off to a flying start. However, despite the skills gap faced in the engineering and advanced manufacturing sector, many employers feel recruiting an apprentice is too difficult, costly or time consuming.

Apprenticeships are proven to be a cost effective way for employers to develop their own talent and to ensure the sustainability of their workforce. Here are just some of the business benefits of taking on an apprentice:

a more engaged workforce ... 92% of companies who employ an apprentice believe Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce

increased competitiveness ... 80% of companies employing apprentices agree they make the workplace more productive

a better image; improved customer satisfaction ... 81% of consumers favour a company that employs apprentices

lower staff turnover , fewer skills-related vacanacies and reduced recruitment costs ... 83% of companies who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeship programme to provide the skilled workers they need for the future.

To find out just how easy it can be to recruit an apprentice please contact customerservices@semta.org.uk or call 0845 643 9001.


Here's what some of the employers we work with have to say:

"Like many businesses in this sector we have an ageing workforce which if we didn't address would leave us with a real problem. The Semta Apprenticeship Service offered me exactly what I was looking for: they provided me with a list of high quality applicants and everything was managed from one place."
Gerry Dune, Managing Director, Westley Engineering

"It's a big commitment when you first take on an apprentice but you soon can't manage without them – you have to keep passing on skills and experience."
Symmetry Medical

"Our apprentices are first class operators with a first class attitude and I really appreciate the job Semta continues to do with them."
Shane Gunstone, former apprentice and small business owner, Asmech Systems

"While our apprentice has learnt with his hands mechanically, we've also learnt from the skills and knowledge he's picked up at college. He's been able to guide us – the Directors – in IT as things are moving faster and faster in that area."
Kevin Gardner, Metalform

For more information and guidance on just how easy it can be to recruit an apprentice, please contact customerservices@semta.org.uk or call 0845 643 9001.