Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Venture Accelerator | Are you ready to grow? | Taking on apprentices

Would your business benefit from hiring an apprentice? A growing number of companies are doing so, with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from having an apprentice as part of the team.

But what are the benefits of hiring an apprentice. Here are some thoughts from The Women's Organisation:

1. Apprenticeships are a great way of not only recruiting new staff, but re-training existing staff, or people returning to your business after a break

2. This learning and retraining can often be done in the workplace, and on the job, which means that it doesn't disrupt the day to day running of the business

3. Having an apprentice as part of your team, means another spare pair of hands to help carry out everyday tasks

4. Apprentices are a fantastic way of attracting new people, who have fresh ideas

5. Apprentices will also encourage a culture of learning, with employers and apprentices both being able to learn from each other

6. Funding for apprentices is available, up to 100%!

Is your business looking to hire an apprentice? 
Or are you looking to grow your team and expand your business? 

Women business owners in Greater Manchester can benefit from FREE support to take their business to the next level with The Women's Organisation. The Women's Organisation who have been working in the north west since 1996 offering enterprise support to women, can offer business growth consultancy to local women through their Venture Accelerator business growth programme in Greater Manchester.

Through Venture Accelerator women can be linked with a specialist business growth advisor who will offer tailored support to take their business to the next level. Programme Manager Mike Marsden and the Venture Accelerator team have already supported a number of local businesses to expand their team through apprenticeship schemes, funding for growth and looking at organisational structure.

The Venture Accelerator Programme runs to June 2015 and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. If you are a women-led business in the Greater Manchester area and you would like free advice to build your staff team or grow your turnover, contact programme manager to find out more about the help The Women's Organisation can offer, and follow @TheWomenOrgManc on twitter.   

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