Expertise: The BAC Group provides thorough on-the-job training and apprenticeships. <em>*Photo supplied</em>
Expertise: The BAC Group provides thorough on-the-job training and apprenticeships. *Photo supplied
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On-the-job training helps to produce a stronger workforce and gives employers a greater understanding of their staff’s skills base.

The more a company invests in its employees through training, the greater the chance of retaining them, as they feel valued and are more aware of the opportunities in moving up the ladder.

For most companies, training is either an occasional formality or an integral part of furthering its employees’ careers.

Apprenticeships

One company might insist that all new employees complete an intense introductory course, such as learning the intricacies of the company’s brand, policies and products.

Another might require employees lacking in specific skills to take courses that will result in them being fully qualified.

In either instance, additional training may be provided if the employer wishes to improve the employee’s skills further.

On-the-job training doesn’t just entail attending local workshops or classes. Companies often send staff overseas to attend courses, especially for a specific skill or area of expertise.

Workshops and seminars also give employees a broader understanding of their co-workers’ roles in other departments, and provide more opportunities for cross-training.

Apprenticeships are for entry-level workers who are taken on as ‘trainees’. They include some form of classroom training in addition to hands-on learning experience.

This is the best way to learn a trade while you’re earning a wage, and at the end of the apprenticeship, the employer usually presents a firm job offer.

While apprenticeships can be quite demanding, they are very rewarding.

You get the support of your employer and training provider, earn a salary, gain qualifications and learn job-specific skills that will satisfy national and/or international standards.

Apprenticeships can help businesses to harness fresh talent, and companies often rate this form of training as higher than any other qualification, as they have played an integral role in the person’s training.

By taking on apprentices, a company also ensures that its workforce has the practical skills and qualifications it needs.

That, in turn, increases productivity, improves competitiveness and creates a committed and competent group of employees.

Together, this works to secure the company’s own future.

The following statistics are from research in the UK in 2008:

  • 77 per cent of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive;
  • 76 per cent say apprenticeships provide higher overall productivity;
  • 80 per cent feel apprenticeships reduce staff turnover;
  • 83 per cent rely on their apprenticeships programmes to provide the skilled workers they need for the future;
  • 88 per cent believe apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce;
  • 57 per cent report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company.

At the BAC Group we believe that our employees are our most important assets, which is why we are keen to provide our staff with on-the-job training and to offer apprenticeships to potential employees.

As a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, employees in multiple departments have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of educational courses, which not only helps them to obtain a recognized qualification, but also helps BAC to upgrade employee skill sets and use them to our mutual benefit.

Chris Chiappa is the air conditioning operations manager for BAC Group. For more information go to www.bac.bm or call 292-0881.

Scholarship Recipients 2012