By Corporate Marketing Team, MINI UK

Lord Sugar isn’t the only one who can benefit from taking on bright young apprentices. There are many reasons why your business should also consider taking advantage of the apprenticeship scheme.

The scheme can be shaped to suit businesses of all shapes and sizes, a smart way to invest in the future of your company. Better still, as apprentices can be tailored to specific job roles, it is a brilliant way of tackling skill shortages in your business.

Another incentive of the scheme is that it is supported by a number of helpful government grants which can make it even more worthwhile to get involved. These include funds for training provision, as well as wage subsidies, for eligible employers.

The Skills Minister, Nick Boles, outlined why he believed this initiative is working so well: “Apprenticeships make total business sense while giving people the chance of a high-quality and respected route in to employment. That’s why it’s so encouraging to see firms like leading the way in 2015 by committing to employ more apprentices. Through our reforms we have given employers like BMW [and MINI] the power to design top-quality apprenticeships that equip learners with the skills business need to grow and thrive.”

A steadily increasing number of companies are using the scheme and finding it to be an unqualified success with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices. One of the key benefits being an injection of fresh ideas and innovation into an existing business practice, ensuring small firms keep at the forefront of their industry.

The BMW Group UK is certainly one of those. Simon Farrall, head of apprentice and associate training, enthused: “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for the plants. We need to foster the development of talented young engineers and technicians to become the MINI employees of the future.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about apprentice schemes, visit https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice