Are you an employer who has thought about taking on an Apprentice but who is put off by the assumed amounts of extensive paperwork, or the worries of taking on a young person with a bad attitude, or the fact that you have tried it before and it was just a waste of time.
LEMA are different, providing and training first class Apprentices in the field of Engineering and Manufacturing. There is nothing like a LEMA Apprentice, we have numerous employers who will confirm this and who are willing to act as references.
As well as teaching the fundamentals of Engineering and Manufacturing at Level 2, we also embed LEAN methodology into our teaching programme, with Apprentices undertaking real Business Improvement Projects. (BiT) This adds another element to their course and equips them with the tools to look at continually improving processes and procedures.
As for extensive amounts of paperwork – it doesn’t exist, there is very little paperwork with the LEMA managing this for you, on your behalf.
One of your first questions, no doubt, is “How much will this cost me?”
An Apprentice costs £2.65 per hour. (£98.05 for a 37 hour week)
Of course you don’t have to pay the minimum amount per week, you can choose to pay more if you wish, this is the minimum and it can always be reviewed as your Apprentice progresses.
Over 100,000 other businesses throughout the UK employ Apprentices/trainees – with all support and training paid for and provided, not by you but by Government approved agencies. There are absolutely no training costs to you as a company. We simply ask that you pay the minimum wage, invest in their training whilst at work and release Apprentices for college on a weekly basis.
Even if you have not employed young people before, please consider it. Many young people are, despite stereotypes to the contrary, ambitious and keen to get on the employment ladder. They are willing to make sacrifices to learn a particular trade or profession. They are enthusiastic, full of energy and often willing to go the extra mile. LEMA are very proud of the Apprentices they select to join their course, candidates are interviewed with parents, and are required to have achieved a minimum level of attainment at GCSE or equivalent level. However employment is key, an Apprentice has to have full time employment to be an Apprentice.
Many young people are now choosing the Apprenticeship route and feel they are better off learning on the job and earning £5,000 a year, rather than going to university and paying £9,000 a year with no guarantee of employment upon graduation, or without gaining any actual hands on experience.
Employers willing to invest in Apprenticeships are key to the future of Engineering and Manufacturing, without your support young people will not be able to build careers and enter such fields, your support is paramount in their success.