Over the last few weeks, I have heard a great deal about apprenticeships and I think it’s an area we business women could have a real impact on.

There are too many young people unemployed at the moment and many of them would love to be learning while working.  And there has never been a better time to take on an apprentice: employers have been reaping the benefits of apprenticeships for years.

In summary, apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Employers benefit from gaining employees who are trained to industry standards and bring loyalty, productivity and creative thinking to their business.  There’s no doubt that trained staff give businesses a competitive edge and 83% of employers rely on their apprenticeship programme to provide the skilled workers their business needs for the future.

Contrary to many people’s understanding, there are over 200 types of apprenticeships suitable for hundreds of job roles within a variety of industry sectors ranging from accountancy and engineering to veterinary nursing and floristry.  The minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.50 an hour although most employers pay more than this.

If you’re thinking “that seems like hard work” and “how would I find the right person?”, help is at hand. There is a free advertising service on the apprenticeships website to help you find the right person for the job saving you recruitment costs. Your training provider will manage the process for you from posting your advert online to assessing the apprentice throughout their training.

Business Women in Surrey co-chair Sally Pritchett has started the process to find an apprentice so let’s see how many other Business Women in Surrey apprentices we can take on.

For more information visit or call 08000 150 600. Alternatively, talk to us at Surrey Chambers and we will help you find the right contacts.

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2 Responses to Apprenticeships

  1. Daniel says:

    I hope the majority of people who employ apprentices now pay more than £2.50 per hour. I know they are learning but that’s like modern day slavery.

    • Louise Punter says:

      I know most businesses do pay more than the minimum but the minimum might just open a door for a young person who otherwise might not get the opportunity to show how effective they can be. Once they show their value pay usually increases.

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