Posting vacancies everyday onto GetMyFirstJob, we experience first-hand the challenges and successes of filling roles. With many factors influencing factors and points to consider when recruiting we explain below how you can stand out from competitors with just a few simple tweaks to your opportunities.
When we receive details from our employers for the apprenticeship positions, we notice they all differ in many ways. We appreciate that not every company is the same size, has the same finances available or same ideas and visions of where their companies want to be, so not every job will be the same – but they all have one thing in common, they want the best person possible for the job.
For example, one of the complications we face when recruiting is finding someone with a passion for the Catering & Hospitality industry, to be punctual, have Maths & English qualifications, have smart appearance and also some experience within the field all for £3.90 on some roles.
To find a top-quality candidate who meet your requirements, generally candidates are more reluctant to accept a wage for £3.90ph due to the number of employers now paying above the minimum. Although the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage is £3.90 this doesn’t mean you have to pay your apprentices that wage. To have the best chance of employing your ideal candidate, you have to have a competitive salary to offer and accompany that.
We would advise all employers to think about what they want the apprentice to undertake on a daily basis. If it is an advanced position with a moderate amount of responsibility in comparison to a full-time employee, then £3.90 will not attract the candidates you are looking for. Researching prior to posting an opportunity is a great way to make a decision on how you position yourself. After all you want to stand out from similar roles that are also advertising. Looking at the average wage for your framework provides a little more insight and a competitive edge. Geographically be aware of the average wage is that is being offered in that area as many larger towns and cities offered a lot higher than smaller and less populated rural areas. So, if you are offering a low wage in an area of highly paid roles, you will have a lot of competition.
The wage of a position is an influencing factor for many candidates, so when creating your job advert think about the wage you are able to offer. The better the wage, the better chance you will have of getting the candidate you want.
Find out more regarding the national wage for Apprenticeships here.