The Chamber breakfast, held at Paninis Café on the 19 June 2012, was well attended and was joined by guest speaker Jo Lindsell from the National Apprenticeship Service (http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/) who shared how an Apprentice can work for local businesses.
Matt Pye asked for a show of hands of those employers who had been an Apprentice themselves and about 25% of delegates had been through the Apprentice route. Sometimes we forget that Apprenticeships have been part of employment for hundreds of years, being developed in the later Middle Ages.
A key discussion point was the feeling that employers can support and develop an Apprentice, only to have them leave as soon as they complete the programme. It was felt that often greater financial reward causes them to move to other jobs.
At Kingston Maurward College we work with our employers to put in place progression plans for the Apprentice, we recognise that there are many other benefits than the wage paid and work with you to get the right package to keep your Apprentice.
Finally, the benefits to business of tailor-made succession planning that having an Apprentice gives can often be overlooked. An Apprentice can help secure the future of your business for years to come.
With financial incentives from £1500 for businesses who have not had an Apprentice in the last 3 years available, please do email or ring Alison Moore to find out more.