According to UCAS figures the number of those applying for university degrees in the UK has fallen in 2018/2019 by as much as 5%. These figures suggest that school leavers are considering other training and education options, such as apprenticeships, where they can train and get paid on the job.
Many businesses may ask, when is the best time to take on an apprentice?
Since GCSE exams typically finish on the June of each year and at this point it is the students who will finalise their plans to either carry on towards sixth form, go to university, or start an apprenticeship.
If you’ve noticed a need for an apprentice in your business, the summer’s months are a perfect opportunity to recruit. As many young people cannot start an apprenticeship whilst in full time education, this summer transition period is a great time to open up vacancies. Taking on an apprentice during the summer months, for example within a childcare setting, will help your new employee settle in before the intake of new children in September.
When recruiting for an apprentice, you’ll need to consider that some training providers may start their apprenticeship programmes strictly from the September academic year. This typically tends to be the case when you use a college of further education. Other training providers, such as Aspire Training Group, are able to be more flexible with the start date for your new apprentice.
So, if you’re considering taking on an apprentice for your business, now’s the time to act! Please click here to view our short courses.