While many industries have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are still having to find ways to keep operating and providing their services. From food manufacturing to frontline service providers, keeping an adequate level of healthy and properly trained workers is essential. Staff shortages are already becoming a problem but there are ways of avoiding too much pressure and strain on your existing employees and the company as a whole.
It’s impossible to assess every eventuality of future need – and this can lead to skills gaps that you might have trouble filling. So, what can you do about it?
Hire a Trainee
Hiring a trainee has a huge number of benefits, for both employers and candidates. Some of the advantages may not seem immediately obvious, so here are some of the key reasons why it might be the right option for you:
Benefits of hiring a trainee for employers
1. A short term solution with long term benefits
Rather than undertaking a protracted recruitment process that may not give you results, you could choose to hire a trainee who can carry out the work you need, whilst being supported to progress and learn. A full-time trainee can spend up to 16 weeks supporting you to deliver the products or services your business requires, whilst they gain valuable work experience and an insight into how your business operates effectively.
2. Free recruitment options
Recruiting a trainee is free for your business. All you have to do is decide on your job description, and – even better – you may be entitled to claim Employer Incentive Payments from the government, dependent on the role and the size of your business.
Trainees are offered an ‘out of pocket expenses’ rate of £175 per week rather than a wage – a cost-effective way for employers to hire full-time staff instead of following a traditional recruitment route that may result in new staff who need additional training anyway. Traineeships are government-funded training programmes, aimed at offering young people the opportunity to develop skills and experience that will meet the needs of employers both now, and in the coming years. Taking on a trainee will benefit your business budget not only immediately, but also in the future as a skilled pool of candidates emerges within your industry.
4. Longer-term progress
Options for continued employment are available, with apprenticeships on offer for businesses that mean you can retain an employee longer term, continuing to support the development of trainees and allowing them to further their skills as they work. Research has demonstrated that apprentices can improve employee motivation and productivity – and they’re more likely to stay with your business than externally recruited employees too.
5. Range of roles
Whatever your business, there are a wide range of apprenticeships and subject areas that will be a good fit for your business and the roles you’d like to offer.
Becoming A Trainee – Benefits For Candidates
1. Cover your costs
If you don’t feel you have the knowledge and experience to apply for the job you’d like, or you know where you want to be and you’re ready to start along your chosen career path, a traineeship could be just what you’re looking for. You’ll have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and grow your skills without being out of pocket, as the government will provide funding to support you as you work and train.
2. A route to apprenticeship
Completing a traineeship can allow you to access an apprenticeship to further grow your skills and career. A traineeship can provide the foundation for a vast range of apprenticeship options covering a variety of job roles, which will help you get to where you want to be whilst earning at the same time.
3. Find full-time employment
A traineeship can help you to gain a whole spectrum of transferable skills that will make you stand out in the employment market, even if you decide not to continue on to an apprenticeship. Real-life work experience is often invaluable when you are searching for a new job.
4. New skills and qualifications
If you don’t already have a level 3 qualification or equivalent, a traineeship could be the right option for you to boost your skills and experience, with the added opportunity to improve your Maths and English too. Every trainee is allocated a Training Consultant who will support you to develop the qualities and knowledge that your employer and chosen industry is looking for.
Upskill Existing Employees
Training isn’t just for trainees. Perhaps your business has existing staff members who could fill the staff shortages with just a little extra training and experience. It’s worth remembering that there are a lot of great online training options that can provide the opportunity for your existing workforce to flourish and grow, providing even more benefit for your business and the chance for them to further their career.