Most of us have watched the BBC’s series of The Apprentice where Alan Sugar sets a number of tasks for hopefuls that want to become his next Apprentice. Whilst watching the show, we all choose our favourites and which one should be fired at the end of each show. As a SME you now have the opportunity to play the role of Alan Sugar by recruiting apprentices for your business.
The government has been supporting the apprenticeship programme by providing businesses with £1,500 for taking on apprentices, but from January this figure will increase to £3,000 for suitable businesses. The apprenticeship scheme is open to businesses with upto 250 employees within the London area. So, there has never been a better time to start to look at taking on an apprentice. We know from working with over 50 Small and Medium size businesses this year, that whilst all businesses understand the importance of marketing, unfortunately they simply do not have the time or sometimes the skills to perform all the marketing tasks. Hiring an apprentice represents great value for money for a SME and also allows the apprentice time to show the value that great marketing can add to your business.
The apprentice works at your business premises for 4 days per week and then has one day for training at college. The apprentice must work at least 32 hours per week and they are also paid for their day at college. Apprentices are paid at least the minimum wage, so for 16-18 year olds salary would start at c. £5,250 per annum. If a business can afford to do so, and the apprenticeship warrants it, businesses are encouraged to pay the apprentice more. Apprenticeships vary in duration from 1 year to 2 years, so you are undertaking to take the apprentice for this amount of time. During their time with you the apprentice should be treated the same as any other employee.
Contact us today for a free no obligation chat to discuss your marketing apprentice needs.