Brexit is no longer a hypothetical change to expect in the future, it has become a legal process and the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. When leaving the EU was first announced there were concerns that it may impact the apprenticeship reforms may not occur, but this thankfully didn’t happen, and the apprenticeship levy came into force. While losing overseas talent is not something to celebrate, there is undoubtedly going to be a skills gap and talented, proactive apprenticeships could be the perfect solution to the problem.
Skills Shortage Solved
While apprentices are not immediately able to slot into senior positions and fill skills shortages at present, they can be trained quickly and effectively and become loyal and reliable staff members. CCCG chief executive Andy Wilson said: “’It’s crucial that businesses meet this challenge head-on and invest in the UK workforce by recruiting motivated apprentices to make up their skills shortfall that is widely expected after Britain leaves the EU” and it is mindsets like this which are key to ensuring apprentices are given the opportunities they deserve and staffing problems are appropriately dealth with.
The benefits of hiring an apprentice apply to both employers and the new recruits. Recruits receive a small salary which allows them to train and make an income. They also learn valuable skills relevant to their chosen employer and transferable skills too. Companies hiring employees can benefit from government schemes such as the apprenticeship levy and apprentices can be trained specifically in the skills you need and are important for the individual business. They can be moulded in the company ethos and with a clear career path laid out for them, they are unlikely to leave and cause staffing problems.
Unlocking the Potential of Post-Brexit Britain
Apprenticeships are one of the most promising ways of moving forward post-Brexit. Skills gaps can be plugged with training young and passionate recruits. Apprenticeships can also be considered for existing employees who you want to retrain, upskill, or give a push towards making the most of their career potential.
Businesses of all sizes can benefit from hiring apprentices. A single apprentice could be enough to help a small business to move forward and larger companies have extensive apprenticeship schemes to give young employees the chance to forge careers in many different areas. More businesses are committing to more apprenticeships, with companies like Co-Op pledging to support hundreds of new apprenticeships in their retail and funeral sectors.
Many companies are still offering apprenticeships despite COVID-19 too and while employees may not be able to get the practical face-to-face training they want right now, they can onboard, being the training element of their apprenticeship and get to know the ins and outs of their hiring firm.
While Brexit is not something everything feels positively about, it may be a chance for companies to make the most of local talent.