Page 5: The benefits of training
As well as benefiting the apprentices, the apprenticeship programme generates clear business benefits. As well as addressing serious skills challenges, it also helps to:
- increase productivity
- reduce staff turnover
- create loyal employees
- produce efficiency gains.
By increasing the skills and knowledge base of apprentices, SFIL is able to handle increasingly complex projects, resulting in stronger order books.
Apprentice experiences are varied, but all help to build a stronger business. Dan, for example, can now be entrusted with really important aspects of SFIL work, looking for cracks in the metal. If any are found, he is part of the team identifying how to correct the problem. This is a really important aspect of SFIL’s work. It involves working with equipment and materials that cost millions of pounds and are used in critical sectors like the nuclear industry. Products need to be of the highest quality to meet the customers’ standards and to ensure operational safety.