Introduction

Is your business considering taking on its very first apprentice? Then Apprenticemakers is the ideal place for you to find out more about how Apprenticeships work in real-life and how they might benefit your business.

Apprenticemakers gives you an opportunity to learn from experienced apprentice employers and ask questions that are relevant for your business.

Apprenticemakers is where those new to the world of Apprenticeships can ask questions and connect with those who have first-hand experience of employing and nurturing apprentices.

Why join?

Well, research has found that established apprentice employers are keen to champion Apprenticeships based on the benefits they have brought their business and the young people that they have employed.

It has also been shown that business owners and professionals value the experience of others in the business community above other sources of support and are therefore more likely to take on an apprentice as a result of seeing it in action through one of their peers.

Site Overview

The focus of Apprenticemakers is on creating a network of business professionals willing to share their experience of the Apprenticeship process to help many more businesses realise the benefits Apprenticeships can bring.

Creating a profile on Apprenticemakers allows you to interact with other businesses and discuss the opportunities and challenges of running Apprenticeships as a small business.

Members are able to use the forum to interact with other businesses or search for other professionals by location, industry, experience, business size or one of several other options.

Apprenticemakers is also packed with resources and useful links to help you navigate your way through the Apprenticeship journey towards success and business growth.

So what are you waiting for? Get started now.

Not sure what Apprenticeships are all about? Try our interactive Apprenticeship Journey here.

Connect with an Apprenticemakers Champion

If you are a business owner looking for that extra bit of support, why not connect with an Apprenticemakers Champion? You can identify an Apprenticemakers Champion by the icon displayed on their profile, and you can even search for those individuals that have upgraded to Apprenticemakers Champion in the directory.

An Apprenticemakers Champion is experienced apprentice employer who is committed to championing Apprenticeships and is willing to provide additional one to one support, maybe as simple as a phone call or quick meeting, to share their experience of employing apprentices in a one to one discussion.

The background to Apprenticemakers

Businesses across the country have discovered the benefits of recruiting apprentices. Whether it’s adding fresh skills or just an extra pair of hands, growing a business more efficiently or just because you want to provide a young person with an opportunity to prove themselves, there are plenty of good reasons for taking on an apprentice.

Despite the fact that 99% of businesses in the UK are classed as small or medium-sized enterprises (250 members of staff or less), it is generally big businesses that take advantage of Apprenticeship schemes. That’s why a recent report, The Holt Review, looked into how Apprenticeships could be made more accessible to small businesses.

The Holt Review found that existing apprentice employers were willing to give the benefit of their knowledge and experience, whilst smaller, less experienced business owners were more likely to engage with Apprenticeships as a result of the support of their more experienced peers.

When drafting the report, Jason Holt, an experienced apprentice employer himself, talked to many small business owners and discovered that, like him, many small business owners were enthusiastic about championing Apprenticeships and helping others realise the benefits of recruiting an apprentice.

He recommended capitalising on the willingness to support others by connecting business owners in order for those with greater experience to share, support and inspire those new to Apprenticeships.

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