Succession, loyalty, and leadership – the triple win of apprenticeships

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When hiring becomes inspiring: apprenticeships are proving a secret weapon in the talent war.


Anthony Clarke, AAT Business Development Manager, marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week by revealing how apprenticeships are solving employers’ most pressing problems.

  • Succession planning: Apprenticeships provide a clear pathway for talented young people to progress within the company, ensuring a steady pipeline of future leaders. By nurturing their skills and knowledge from the ground up, employers find they can develop a workforce that is deeply invested in the company’s success and ready to take on leadership roles when the time comes.
  • Staff retention: Apprenticeships foster a strong sense of loyalty and commitment among employees. They feel valued and supported in their development, which reduces the likelihood of them seeking opportunities elsewhere. Additionally, apprentices often bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the table, which can help to revitalize the workforce and keep the company competitive.
  • Training leaders: Apprenticeships provide a valuable opportunity for experienced employees to develop their leadership skills by mentoring and coaching the next generation. This not only benefits the apprentices but also helps to create a more engaged and supportive work environment for everyone. By investing in leadership development, you can ensure that your company has a strong pipeline of future leaders who are ready to take the helm.

Facts and figures

Research by CIPD – the  professional body for HR and people development – found hiring apprentices had the following benefits:

  • 80% of employers have maintained or improved future skills in the business.
  • 70% of employers have seen improvements in the goods and services they offer.
  • 66% of employers have experienced improved staff morale.

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David Nunn is Content Manager at AAT.

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