UpSkilling Existing Staff
When you talk about investment in your business you’re normally discussing buildings, equipment, or even technology. Yet for many business owners, the biggest cost in their business is their staff. The core of the business is for most business the men and women that are the public face, delivering the goods or services that the business advertises.
Upskilling your staff is a simple way to upskill your entire business, increase staff satisfaction, and reduce recruitment costs. Estimations vary wildly, but most employers accept that in the first 6 months an employee is a hindrance in many ways, until they learn their role and fit into the team. Wouldn’t it be better for you to give something back to your hard working staff, upskill those that are already in your company and you’ve invested time and effort into training for the position that they are doing now, and that is a member of your team already?
Offering investment and training in your employees give you a huge range of advantages including
Being a more attractive prospect to new staff: new staff want to know that as well as getting a wage they can improve themselves. A business that is willing to invest in them shows that they will be valued employees with job security. In a competitive marketplace for the best staff offering the chance for improvement can make all the difference to your team’s prospects.
Your employees want to progress along with your business. If you are building a team that is qualified as well as passionate about the growth of your business you can inspire loyalty and that great work ethic that means a business flows.
Ongoing training to keep skills fresh: After initial training, many staff do little or no training. Upskilling means that staff are getting further training and support no matter how long they’ve been working in that particular field. Commercial awareness is normally in the top ten skills that any business owner or recruitment manager is looking for in new hires, let’s not forget that those same skills can be developed in existing staff.
Giving your business staff with more qualifications and a tailor-made skill set: how often have you wished that someone could walk into your business with that perfect blend of new ideas, whilst also knowing how the business works. Taking staff that already know the inner workings of your company and giving them the new technological skills or a different set of skills can give you that mix you are looking for.
Yes, but not everyone can get funding and grants to help out.
- 16-18 year olds will receive full government funding.
- 19-24 year olds will get some funding, although you may have to make a small contribution.
- If your staff already hold a level 4 qualification, there won’t be any funding for them normally, although give us a call to see if we can help as these things can be considered on a case by case basis.
- Your staff must have Maths and English qualifications (e.g. Maths and English GCSE at c or above)
You need to be able to commit to providing the support and on the job training. For some courses it will be 100% in your workplace, however, some will need the staff to attend a college for one day a week. You will need to pay them for the time they are in training. Apprentices must be working at least 30 hours a week on top of any time that is taken off to attend college.
What does your business need? In today’s society every business needs staff that are technologically literate, would you benefit if you had an in-house digital marketing expert? Someone who can drum up business on social media and deal with client complaints and promote reviews? Or is there a specific skill set your company is missing. With literally hundreds of options out there, contact us so we can help you build your workforce’s skills to maximise your businesses growth and impact.
No, the grants are for helping out those that otherwise would not be able to get an apprentice in place, it’s unlikely that you would be able to get a grant to assist with a present employee, but contact us to see how things stand in your area as the grants are entirely different if your business is in Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, or other locations around Greater Manchester.
No, once your staff are over 18 you still need to pay them minimum wage once they’ve completed the first year of their apprenticeship. The point of going through this process is to upskill your staff so that they can be more productive and profitable for your business. They are still qualified and capable of completing the role they already occupy.
Contact us to discuss your exact requirements and how to move forward. We can advise you on Apprenticeship frameworks, routes your staff can take, funding and any possible grants, and what skills your staff will need to progress. We look forward to hearing from you.