Employer Benefits

Some facts

Over 130,000 businesses across the UK offer Apprenticeship places because they recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving business performance and ensuring a committed and competent workforce.

Employing apprentices enables employers to fill the skills gaps that exist within their current workforce as apprentices begin to learn sector specific skills from; developing specialist knowledge that will positively affect the businesses productivity.

In addition to eager, motivated staff who are committed to on the job training and development, industry research has highlighted numerous direct and indirect benefits of Apprenticeships for both recruiting new apprentices and for training your existing workforce:

80% Companies who invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention – significant savings in marketing and recruitment costs.

77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive – apprentices can bring new ideas and innovation.

76% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive – apprentices show increased commitment and revived energy and motivation.

81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices – commitment to social and economic development and growth

Employers who take on a 16-18 year old apprentice only pay their salary. The Government will fund their training – employers may receive the same work output but pat a fraction of the salary and be socially enterprising.

92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce – improve staff retention and reduce costs.

83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future.

One in five employers are hiring more apprentices to help them through the tough economic climate – apprenticeship is an economically viable way of increasing workforce is the most efficient way.


Apprenticeship programmes allow training to take part at the workforce with little disruption to business operations.

Depending on the nature of your business, Skills Training UK can provide flexible, bespoke assessment procedures designed to ensure that key business operations are not affected whilst our assessors are on site.

59% report that training apprentices is more cost-effective than hiring skilled staff, with 59% believing that Apprenticeships lead to lower overall training costs and 53% feeling that they reduce recruitment costs.

In terms of the return on investment linked to Apprenticeships, 41% say that their apprentices make a valuable contribution to the business during their training period, while a further third (33%) report that apprentices add value within their first few weeks (or even from Day One)

57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company.

Source: National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

Why should you get involved?

Apprenticeships are a unique way to grow your own workforce; they combine on-the-job training in your organisation with off-the-job learning. The learning takes place in context and provides a real understanding of the working world, combining practical skills with theoretical knowledge. They thus offer a career route into your organisation and an invaluable opportunity to grow the skills you need now and in the future. Apprenticeships can also help to improve your organisation’s staff retention and engagement, as they can be used to further develop your existing workforce. Smaller employers can benefit from government incentives/grants to help pay for training costs, whereas larger employers, those with annual staff paybill of £3m, are required to fund from their digital levy fund, which will be in place from April 2017.