Nine times out of ten, people who have qualifications relevant to the job they’re applying for, will have preference over those that don’t, however this is not always the case. In a lot of situations candidates are employed on the basis that they work towards a qualification while working for your company. These qualifications can range from industry-specific work the likes of which a mechanic would do, or be nationally-recognised NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) which cover many different areas of working within a business.
Apprenticeships are becoming even more common as a way to get into an industry, so you can work to earn money while achieving all necessary requirements needed for a qualification. The money involved acts like a wage for the work you do, albeit on a slightly reduced level. Companies looking to recruit new staff or expand an existing team, will take on a small group of apprentices at one time so they can all work on a level playing field towards getting their qualifications, with the opportunity of applying a job at the end of the course, or once they have the qualification they were after.
One Sure Insurance use apprentices in several parts of their business – from IT to Administration and Customer Service and have seen great success, with many of their apprentices continuing to stay with One Sure after completing their apprenticeship.
From a business perspective, when offering a qualification for apprentices to work towards, there are costs to consider. These can vary depending on the length and level of the course, as they have to cater for the staff involved in doing the training and managing the progress of any apprentices involved. Most NVQ qualifications take at least 18 months to finish but the rewards are the equivalent to five or six A* to C level GCSEs and a technical certificate.
Colleges normally specialising in higher education offer many professional courses in ever-increasing numbers as they are more desirable due to their long-term advantages when compared to the usual courses they would offer on very niche subjects. The best choice for anyone looking to enrol would be a course in an industry they would thoroughly enjoy to work in while benefitting the most from it. That way you will get the most out of it in the long run by having industry-specific qualifications which is what employers will appreciate, and your enjoyment of said role will help you push yourself to succeed at it.
As a business owner, it’s worth differentiating between the people who want the job because they’re just after one, and the people who are after the job because it’s what they want to do and have worked towards. Your business will thrive with such devoted people on board, and from an employee point of view, it’s very similar – make sure your employer knows you’re there because you want their job on offer, as it’s what you enjoy, and you can help their business grow while developing yourself as a person.