We liked the article below publised by Apprentice Eye this week which summs up the importance of apprenticeships to businesses…

Not ony do apprenticeships bring fresh talent to organisations but they help combat the 21% youth unemployment in the UK. SETA have been training engineering apprentices since 1966 and have a wealth of experience in training apprentices in electrical, mechanical, fabrication and welding and machining and fitting. SETA is one of the main training providers in the North West working with a range of local and national companies such as Jacobs, Mcvities and NXP.

How can you attract fresh talent?

Apprentices are a great way to secure the future of your business. They can be trained and moulded into the company and learn skills which could make them a future leader. In a recent article for the Evening Standard, business entrepreneur James Caan was asked by a small business owner how best to attract fresh young talent with new ideas. Here was his response:

“One way to attract fresh talent is through internships which can benefit both employer and employee. Young people bring new ideas to a business and, in exchange, get invaluable work experience and a critical step on the career ladder.

The key is to make sure you are taking on somebody who is passionate to gain experience of your industry. It’s quite common for companies to hire interns who are the offspring of friends or family but I’ve found that hiring young people without these connections is better for innovation and fresh thinking.

Another route is apprenticeships. They are subsidised by the Government so are easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to afford, and allow young people to learn on a job as well as obtaining qualifications. Apprentices reach further into an untapped workforce bringing to your business an entirely new mentality.

Innovation and young people are not just commercially a very attractive approach for businesses but with 21% youth unemployment, is an important economic group to support. I am a true believer in giving people from all backgrounds an opportunity and I’m working with the Deputy Prime Minister to encourage more businesses to open their doors to young people.”

SETA are recruiting engineering apprenticeships now!

If you are interested in applying to undertake an apprenticeship or are interested in recruiting please contact

Julie Burns: 0161 477 4720 or email jburns@setatraining.com