1. HIRING AN APPRENTICE FOR YOUR COMPANY

Salford and Trafford Engineering Group Training Association (STEGTA) is committed to ensuring that employers have the competitive workforce that they need to remain prosperous. A strong apprenticeship programme is key to achieving that goal.

This information is designed to assist employers who want to introduce an apprenticeship programme into their workplace. It provides information on the supports available to you as well as the commitment you need to make to potential apprentices.

2. WHAT IS APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING?

Apprenticeship training is a combination of on-the-job training and college instruction.

3. AS AN EMPLOYER, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO ME IN PARTICIPATING IN APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING?

  • Participating in an Apprenticeship Programme ensures you will have an employee that is not only trained to industry standards but you can mould to your unique workplace conditions.
  • Apprenticeship training supports your future workforce needs because your staff will be passing on their skills and knowledge. What will you do when your staff retire or leave? Take this opportunity now to Contact Us. Plan your future.
  • An Apprenticeship Programme allows you to have within your company a pool of experienced employees of different ages so that you will be better able to plan to meet future workforce needs due to expansion plans or the retirement of older trades persons.
  • Recruiting potential Apprentices through STEGTA’s Apprenticeship Programme is a cost-effective solution to training and retaining young workers.
  • In STEGTA’s experience, a survey of Apprentices found that participants developed a loyalty to the company that hired them, which leads to a more stable workforce.

4. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET STARTED?

Here’s a step-by-step guide to introducing an apprenticeship programme into your workplace:

  • We provide a professional recruitment service which is free of charge whether you take on an apprentice or not.
  • You will be contacted by our Recruitment Officer who will call to see you at your convenience and find out the details of your vacancy.
  • We will then search through our database of potential apprentices who will already have undertaken an assessment in English and Mathematics with our Recruitment Officer and will have had a one-to-one interview.
  • You will be given a personal profile of any candidates we feel match your requirements.
  • We will organise any interviews you wish to undertake – all we need from you is a date and a time.
  • You are under no obligation to employ any of our candidates if you do not feel they are suitable.
  • The only cost to you is simply an appropriate wage to the learner once you employ a person aged 16-19. For a person over 19, you are expected to contribute to the cost of the training programme.

5. HOW DO I KNOW I'M GETTING THE BEST PERSON TO BEGIN AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME?

  • At STEGTA, we visit schools and meet potential learners to help them to decide which career path is best for them.
  • You can observe the potential of individuals on a trial basis to see if they are a good fit with your workplace.
  • Offering school students work experience increases competitiveness and enhances a company’s productivity.
  • Apprentices are a valuable resource and can bring expertise in the latest technology and computer software.
  • Apprentices bring ideas, energy and enthusiasm to the workplace.
  • Being involved in apprenticeship programmes enhances your public image and consumer loyalty.
  • You will provide opportunities for young people to pursue rewarding careers in areas where there are potential skill shortages.

6. AS THE EMPLOYER, WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES?

The responsibilities of the employer will be discussed in detail when you first meet with the Recruitment Officer. In general, the employer is responsible for ensuring:

  • On-the-job training.
  • Your apprentice must be given the opportunity for off the job training at College and with STEGTA.

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