Benefits of employing apprentices and trainees

The benefits of employing apprentices and trainees are numerous, they include:
  • Developing a workforce the business needs by growing new workers’ knowledge, skills and abilities in a structured manner with rates of pay which reflect the cost to the employer of providing the training and the value of the work performed by the apprentice or trainee i.e. the system recognises that trainees and apprentices are generally not as productive as experienced or qualified employees and this is reflected in apprentice and trainee wage rates.

  • Increased workforce flexibility by developing multi-skilled employees to enable them to work across the organisation.
  • Increased workforce responsibility and capability through supporting skill development of new and/or existing employees to allow them to take on more complex tasks.

  • Improve service levels by equipping staff with essential skills and knowledge to improve the level of service offered.
  • Improve efficiency and quality of products, processes and/or services which increases the capacity of the business to meet customer expectations

  • Foster greater efficiency by encouraging staff to seek more efficient ways to perform tasks and ensuring they possess adequate knowledge and skills required to perform job roles in the most productive manner with minimum wastage.

  • Offer professional and career development opportunities to motivate and retain key employees.
  • Support succession planning by offering employees opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge in preparation for future roles within the business.

  • Improve business reputation as an employer who values their employees. This results in the business becoming a first port of call for jobseekers.
VET affords businesses a flexible option to provide training and development opportunities at all levels of the business from pre-vocational (before entering the workforce) all the way through to management level (Diploma and Advanced Diploma level).

VET is about achieving competence by meeting the minimum standards described in the relevant training package.  These standards only provide a starting point for training outcomes. Business culture, processes and procedures are important factors in determining the quality of skills and knowledge learners develop.