Recruit an Apprentice
Apprenticeships in Hospitality have always received a mixed bag of opinions, and rightly so, they can be done so wrong, but when done right, they are ultimately invaluable to your business. At Barfection, being honest and transparent with our learners, partners and employers is a key part of getting it right. That's why we would like to share some of the opinions we have encountered before you move ahead.
1. "You don't need an Apprenticeship to work as a bartender or barista" - You don't need an Apprenticeship to work as anything, but you need a good support system around you to ensure you become the best you can. Apprenticeships set a formal structure for training which means employees won't get left behind and have a far greater chance of excelling in their field.
2. "I don't need anyone to tell me how to train my staff" - That's right, you don't. An Apprenticeship is a work based programme which allows you to put your stamp on it. Apprentices receive training that fits around your business and your business is the focus of what they do throughout the programme. We help guide learners to your standards and make sure they understand your business and your processes.
3. "Apprentice wage is unfair" - If that's your feeling, pay them more. Barfection will always encourage employers to set a fair deal between them and their Apprentices. What works for one, doesn't for the other. However, there are a few facts that you must take into account:
- Apprentices must be paid for the mandatory 20% off the job training they do. For example, if they have a 30 hour contract, 6 of those must be off the job and included in the Apprentices pay. See our 20% off the job guide for further information.
- Employers receive a £1000 incentive bonus for anyone they take on that is 16-18
- Apprentices must be guaranteed 30 hours a week or if it is less, the Apprenticeship will last longer (minimum 12 months at 30 hours)
- Your pay will play a huge part in an Apprentices commitment to you. Best practice Tip: Start at Apprentice wage for the first 3 months, then increase it quarterly.
Still with us? Good. Let's look at some of the benefits to taking on an Apprentice through Barfection:
- We do your recruitment.
- You can request a trial via our Traineeship programme - contact us for more information.
- We only deal with Bartenders and Baristas, therefore, we specialise in what we do.
Interested in recruiting an Apprentice? Call us on 0151 203 9159 extension 2 or click request more information below.
Existing staff can be put on Apprenticeships, but there must be a genuine need for the training, for example, a bar back that you wish to train up on the bar. It can't be someone who has been in the job for years and ultimately doesn't need the training.