Up-skilling staff for business success- why it’s important.

The latest job figures confirm a virtually full employment market economy in the South-West. This means that Albert Goodman’s business-owning clients are increasingly looking at staff in a new way. Staff are no longer a commodity which can be easily replaced whenever fresh supplies are needed.  Our clients are increasingly looking at ways both to attract new staff and just as important to engage with existing staff in the business to help retain them. One way of doing this is up-skilling staff by training them and developing their skills so they are not only getting more job satisfaction but they can work at a higher level, contributing greater benefits to the business.

New flexibilities around apprenticeships are making them a tool that can have real value. It is time to drop some of the preconceptions and take a fresh look. No longer are apprenticeships solely the preserve of the school leaver. Workers of any age can have their training costs covered in a large part by the government. Nor do apprentices have to be new starters. Existing staff who have proved themselves can have their skills developed by training so they can both play a bigger role in your business and have greater job satisfaction.

The icing on the cake is that their training does not have to fit a set framework pre-set by a college. It can be on a programme which you have helped develop. It can really be of use to you to shape your staff to the skills you need.

Albert Goodman is in touch with local colleges and can help your business look at the financial and management ramifications of employing apprentices.

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