Chamber Chat - Josh Rooney

February 16, 2017 - 12:00pm

Chamber Chat - Josh Rooney

Following on from Chamber Ambassador Steven Wood’s article on the Apprenticeship Levy and the Digital Apprenticeship Service, I am here to talk about the opportunities apprenticeships can offer to both employers and employees.

I am currently undertaking my level 3 Diploma in Business Administration after successfully completing my level 2 last year. The biggest benefit for people like myself who choose this route is earning whilst you’re learning. Apprentices have the same opportunities as employees, earning a weekly wage and working alongside experienced staff. The minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.40 per hour, although many apprentices earn significantly more. However, the average weekly wage of an apprentice is around £170 which may seem low, to begin with, but bear in mind that you aren’t fully qualified yet, you’re growing within the working world, and your pay will increase accordingly.

As well as earning money, you are collecting work life skills which will play a big part in your future. Apprenticeships are designed with the help of top employers and offer a structured programme that guides you through the skills you need. You will learn from experienced professionals and will be trained externally at a local college or at your place of work. Targets are set to ensure you are progressing at the appropriate speed and have the support you need. Modules within the course and the units you need to complete are decided by you, which provides you with the essential knowledge needed for your future career.

As well as being beneficial to the employee having an apprentice is also rewarding for the employer as they provide skilled workers for the future, developing skills that are matched to the company’s needs which fill gaps and allows businesses to source future managerial roles from within. Besides helping future planning, they bring a fresh approach and a positive attitude to the workplace which other staff and the business can benefit from.

If the idea of taking on an apprentice appeals to you or you have an existing employee you would like to introduce to the programme then there are many sources of information to help you. The Chamber has Members who can help access this information; you can either visit our Members directory or call the office direct 01524 381331.