How can we convince SMEs that hiring an apprentice is good for their workforce?

Kevin Faulkner, Director of Banham Academy discusess the value of Apprentices in the workplace and the benefits of investing in Apprentices.

25th June 2018

The value of apprentices in the workplace is still shockingly overlooked, which is a serious error from employers. The benefits of investing in apprentices and the immense value they can offer the growth of any business, is something that I feel passionately about and would want to encourage businesses across all sectors to get on board with more.

I am a Director of the Banham Academy, the educational leg of the Banham Group, who are the largest provider of security systems in London and the South East of England.

Our Academy is seen as one of the ‘new kids on the block’ as we have only been directly funded by the ESFA since the apprenticeship levy scheme was introduced in 2017.

We have a purpose-built academy in Earlsfield, South West London, and deliver one of the new apprenticeship standards, the Level 3 in Fire, Emergency and Security Systems.

This is a challenging, advanced apprenticeship over a period of 3 years. aimed at equipping the apprentice with all the skills required to work as a technician, installing and maintaining intruder alarms, access control and CCTV systems.

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