The business world is changing at a rapid rate. The competition to secure full-time, long-term, decently paid employment is harder than ever. The costs of full-time further education have sky-rocketed too. A typical student on a three-year uni course OUTSIDE London is expected to graduate with around £35,000 – £40,000 of student loan debts. And then there’s the black cloud of trying to find a job at the end of it.
The fact is, it’s a skills market out there with prospective employers increasingly wanting you to actually have them; often times a lot more than the piece of paper that proves you didn’t spend your entire uni career drinking bad wine in the student union. That’s where apprenticeships come in.
At WBC, our journey into employing our first apprentice as part of the government apprentice scheme started last year with Leanne McCloud. We quickly learned that not only is an apprenticeship a real job with real training, allowing you to earn while you learn and get recognised qualifications at the end of it, we also saw first-hand the benefits it can bring to small businesses too.
Read our question and answer with Leanne, to see just what it’s like to be an apprentice in one of today’s small businesses.