The Government has announced a £25 million fund intended to support a further 10,000 apprenticeship places.
The plan is that the extra money will boost training in such sectors as manufacturing, information technology and engineering.
The Higher Apprenticeships fund will support the expansion of apprenticeships up to degree equivalent in firms, particularly SMEs, where there is demand for the higher level skills that are necessary to create additional jobs.
The new apprenticeships will commence from October 2011.
Announcing the fund, the Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “It is crucial that we build up the skills in this country that our businesses need and that will fuel long term growth. That is why, despite some difficult decisions on spending, we are increasing the number of apprenticeships to record levels.
“We are investing in apprenticeships because we know they work – they are good for people who want to get ahead, good for business and good for the country.”
Business Secretary, Vince Cable added: “As I work with the business community to rebalance and grow the economy, apprenticeships will increasingly deliver not just basic training, but also the high level, high tech skills that drive growth.
“The Higher Apprenticeships Fund is a crucial step towards placing vocational learning on a par with academic study, giving bright youngsters the opportunity to work with and build the most dynamic firms in the country.”
The Higher Apprenticeships Fund is part of a package of additional investment in apprenticeships totalling £180 million, announced in this year’s Budget. The Government is committed to funding some 360,000 apprenticeships this financial year alone.
More details can be found at http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/employers/the-basics/higher-apprenticeships.aspx
Carl Reader is the head of franchising at franchise accountants Dennis & Turnbull, a leading firm of accountants in the franchise industry.
The above information is provided as general advice and no liability is accepted by the author, Dennis & Turnbull or Select Your Franchise in respect of individuals or businesses acting on the above. Independent advice should be sought in all circumstances.
The value of my and your home is determined by many factors. One key element to value is the qulaity of life that a home offers its inhabitants.
Granite Tranformations franchisee business operates in many local markets with the express purpose of increasing the enjoyment and value of you and I have in our kitchen’s and homes.
One of the key benefits of getting your granite kitchen worktop from a Granite Transformations franchise business it that your kitchen will be transformed quickly and with no mess at all.
Leave for work in the morning and return home to the kitchen of your dreams in the evening. It’s as easy and enjoyable as that.
Your personal sense of value in your home will increase immediately according to Danny Hanlon Granite Transformations COO.
Looking at the comments left on Google Places about the Granite Transformations kitchen makeovers, customers agree with Danny.
Customer testimonials taken from Kudzu.com
Great service and product. Belinda is right – no mess, no fuss. Andrea comes to see you, helps you design and pick colors, Steve comes to measure, and a great team shows up in a few days and installs. We had a new center island so it took 2 days. They have great electricians and plumbers that make it all work – they handle it. Great Job! We have graduated to modern.
Great remodel. Granite Transformations does excellent work. I had my kitchen and 2 bathrooms remodeled. They show up on time, answer all questions and stand by their work. Any concerns that I had they responded and corrected promptly. I have one more bathroom to remodel and they will be doing it.
Love my beautiful kitchen! They did an excellent job remodeling my outdated kitchen. We not only had our counter tops refaced, but we also had our kitchen backsplash newly tiled. We are completely blown away by the difference. We wish we would have done this 5 years ago. We love being in our kitchen now. I would highly recommended them. It was nice to have a thorough project manager and skilled installer who always showed up on time. We looked at several different options and this was by far the most impressive. Can’t wait to get our cabinets refaced next!
Clearly the option to improve the value of my home with a granite kitchen worktop is available to me and you. Granite Transformations come highly recommended by their customers. The franchise business owners are local to you with national accountablity.
How to attract profitable franchisees
Founding Director of Coconut Creatives
This month, Sarah Carlile, Founding Director of Coconut Creatives, highlights a few tips for finding your ideal franchisees to grow your network.
A basic understanding of franchising
Firstly, your prospective franchisees should have some knowledge of the franchise industry already otherwise you are wasting valuable time explaining the ins and outs of a franchised business to ‘wannabe’ business owners rather than explaining the benefits of your specific franchise offering.
Identifying prospects who are well informed is the first step in determining whether or not it is worth spending valuable time and resources pursuing them.
I find there are two ways to ensure that you almost always attract a well-informed prospect:
- Concentrate your franchise advertising towards on/offline channels which are targeted specifically at franchise searchers
- Ensure that your advertising messages in other media channels clearly explain what a franchise is.
Once you have determined the level of knowledge that your prospects have about the franchise industry, it is important to identify the driving force behind their decision to buy a franchise. There are many reasons why someone may want to buy a franchise but I have found that there tends to be one overriding reason; they are dissatisfied with their current situation. All prospective franchisees are looking for some kind of fulfilment, whether it’s a change in career, daily routine, family life, relocation or simply the desire to be their own boss and run their own business.
Make sure that one of your key qualifying questions in the first conversation you have with your prospects reveals the reason they want to be part of your franchise network. Once franchisors find out they are dealing with someone who is dissatisfied, their approach towards them changes, along with their chances of converting them.
What can you offer?
I have seen many examples of good and bad franchise information packs or prospectuses but the general rule is to keep it short and simple. Ideally you want a prospect to be led from one trust-building contact to another, so try not to provide every intimate detail about your franchise in the post, over one telephone call or via email. To truly convince a prospect to part with their hard-earned capital, you need them to want more information and you want them to experience it first-hand. A face-to-face meeting at your pilot franchise is the best way to achieve this.
Do YOU want them?
Meeting face-to-face with a prospect is also a good chance for you to identify whether or not the prospects you meet are people you want on your franchise team. While it may seem a struggle to get the first few franchisees signed up, valuable lessons can be learnt from those franchisors who no longer pursue every single lead and instead take the time to evaluate whether or not a particular individual is suited to their franchise. These franchisors operate a selection process and only chase up those prospects who they feel really fits the bill. Be in control of your franchise recruitment process and you will grow a successful franchise network.
To find out more about attracting profitable franchisees, leave a comment below and we’ll reply!
Tags: franchise recruitment