Apprenticeships are the traditional approach to combining on-the-job experience with supported learning. But, the question is, have they stood the test of time?
This week is National Apprenticeship Week so I’m sharing my view on apprenticeships as part of agency life (with a little help from our apprentices Ben and Lydia).
You may well be thinking ‘What’s so good about apprenticeships?’ Here are a few of the common perceptions:
- Apprenticeships are a great way to kick-start youth employment in the community with the direct benefits of delivering on-the-job training and development
- Apprentices support their wider teams, helping to ensure that they’re able to focus on what they do best – whether that’s within a Client Services team, a Creative Department or an Accounts team
- Apprenticeships provide an opportunity to train customised skill sets – making apprentices flexible to the often uniquely complex needs of an individual business
So, what does our Office Admin Apprentice Lydia think? Here’s Lydia’s take on what she’s learned so far as part of our team:
‘I’ve learned skills (not only within the job) but that will help me throughout my life – being able to learn in a practical way whilst on the job is a perfect way to help you begin a career’.
And IT Apprentice Ben?
‘Going into an apprenticeship with WAA Chosen has been one of my best decisions in life. The opportunity to work and study at the same time is a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone’.
It’s at this point that I’m moved to answer the question in the headline. It is clear to me that hiring apprentices is not only good for the individuals themselves, it’s good for the wider team they become part of – and it makes perfect business sense.