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Apprenticeships help Cheshire businesses grow and develop

April 2, 2015

A recent survey by West Cheshire College reveals that Apprenticeships are playing a vital role for businesses across Cheshire helping to fill crucial skills gaps and improve competitiveness and productivity.

The findings, revealed in a bi-annual survey, shows that 96% of employers agree that Apprentices will continue play a key role within in their business in 2015.

The Apprenticeships ‘Great for Business’ Survey 2015, conducted to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week (9-13 March), highlights the key benefits for employers who recruit Apprentices.

Other findings from the survey include 83% of employers agree that recruiting Apprentices has helped to fill a skills gap within their organisation. Plus, 75% agree that Apprentices have made their business more competitive and helped to improve overall productivity.

Rachael Browes, Director at 10 Bridge Physio Ltd, who currently has one Apprentice and two permanent members of staff who started their career as Apprentices, said: “Employing an Apprentice has been hugely beneficial for my company. Our Apprentices have been able to gain a lot of new skills and work on their own initiative, which has enabled us to increase our workload and grow the business.

“We’ve also been able move forward in terms of technology too. One of our Apprentices has uploaded a new CRM system for us, which means I don’t have to outsource this as a project. All our Apprentices are forward thinking, enthusiastic and always keen to learn.”

Bruce Smith, Managing Director at CTECH Ltd, who has recruited a Technical Service Engineer Apprentice, also commented: “The Apprenticeship scheme is fantastic for small businesses such as ourselves. Not only are we able to give a young person the opportunity to learn and develop; but we’ve been able to grow our team, take on more projects from clients without incurring expensive recruitment costs.”

Maria Davison, Director of Business Development at West Cheshire College, said: “The results of the survey clearly show that employers in Cheshire value Apprenticeships as they play such a critical role in the development and future success of any organisation.”

West Cheshire College currently has hundreds of Apprentices working across a wide variety of sectors including logistics, retail, financial services, engineering, pharmacy, creative and digital media, manufacturing, IT, pharmaceutical, hospitality and leisure, dentistry, automotive and health and social care for businesses ranging from SMEs to large organisations.

For more information on recruiting an Apprentice, call West Cheshire College’s employer hotline on 01244 656499 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk.

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