Mar 07, 2023

What if there is a way to get talent that actually reduced your hiring cost, offered you organisational stability and were qualified, skilled according to your business requirements?

The apprenticeship training scheme was started to bridge this talent gap between the demand and supply reforms. With the new challenges that are coming up in the business world, there is an urgent need to hire qualified workers who can assist in dealing with these challenges.

For hiring apprentices for your organisation, get in touch with Ms. Girija S (Vice President) at

Emerging technologies are accelerating change with such gusto in an industry that is usually considered quite stagnant and dull. The new challenges that are creeping up with these changes provide an opportunity to bring in a breath of fresh air to the staffing field. At the same time, it becomes critical to strategize for efficient recruiting and retention. Understanding the manufacturing industry’s dynamic needs and shifting demands through emerging staffing trends is instrumental in developing a sound staffing process.

Current staffing trends specific to M&A

  • Businesses are increasingly building a digital strategy and coming up with innovative ways to manage employee’s productivity and engagement. However, focus will also be on making the system more humane. So, the staffing process will need to have human-centred technologies to keep employees’ abilities and desires in the centre.
  • The manufacturing industry has also embraced the wave of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and is trying to shed its image of being a largely male-dominated industry. Staffing solutions need to incorporate artificial intelligence in their hiring process in order to predict, measure and eliminate bias from their hiring process as businesses are looking for progressive hiring solutions.
  • Apprenticeship has traditionally been bent towards manufacturing industry but lately, there has been a shift. Apprentices are now being hired for retail, hospitality, FMCG, agriculture, pharmaceutical industry etc. IT industry in particular, used to hire interns but now they are increasingly hiring apprentices.

Lacunas in the staffing field specific to M&A

As automation and robotics are becoming more prominent in the manufacturing industry, it’s causing a shift in the role requirements. Since technology is here to stay, businesses are changing the way they approach talent. The roles are becoming more agile, and businesses want multi-skilled talent specialised in advanced digital skills. Hence, there is a greater need for high-quality, skilled talent. This is where the role of the staffing industry becomes all-the-more important.

How Apprenticeship can help

The apprenticeship training scheme was started to bridge this talent gap between the demand and supply reforms. The apprentices begin at the entry level workforce as NAPS / NATS. - They are then skilled according to the requirements of your business through -this program. The objective of engaging apprentices is to enable a steady stream of skilled workforce at entry level, by using the facilities available therein for imparting on the job training across skill sets & various departments. Post apprenticeship duration These -candidates are hired as contractual workforce with Social Security benefits. Once they are fully qualified and trained, they are hired on permanent rolls.

The reason businesses should opt for apprenticeship is for the numerous benefits that come with it.Read more...

  • It not only creates a long-term pipeline but a robust pipeline of talent. It also makes business aligned with a ready skilled workforce, thus helping business overcome skill shortage.
  • Hiring apprentices also helps in attrition control and an opportunity to build a stable organisation in the long run. At Quess, our research shows retention improves by 10% if they are hired for 6-12 months and by 25% if hired for 12- 24 months. Additionally, there is no obligation to hire apprentices on permanent rolls.
  • Apprentices also show improved productivity over time which reflects in quality of their output as well
  • Hiring apprentices takes less time which leads to a reduction in hiring cost. Hiring cost can reduce by a whopping 50% if an apprenticeship is hired for more than 12 months.

Steps taken for better workforce – The Quess way

  • As we have seen that the business world is changing at a rapid pace, so are the skills required for a particular job type. Instead of focusing completely on skills during the hiring process, the focus should be on hiring apprentices who exhibit soft skills like teamwork, interpersonal skills etc. as they can be trained and aligned to the organizational business requirements.
  • Making the onboarding process comprehensive is integral to making an apprentice feel welcomed and integrated into an organisation. It can also have a direct impact on how successful the new apprentice is within the organisation and also helps in retaining them.
  • Offering apprentice benefits and perks like a comprehensive health insurance, flexible working also aids in attracting and retaining talent.
  • Our uniqueness lies in the agility with which we mobilise the candidates within timeline and on pan- India basis.
  • With our connect across authorities and expertise we are able to seamlessly manage Apprenticeship Lifecycle (Hiring | Compliance | Reimbursements).

As one can see, there are many challenges involved in ensuring apprentices are hired in in a completely compliant & tech enabled structure. This is where we step in. Our solutions are catered towards supplying qualified apprentices in a streamlined fashion to businesses that require talent. We create a steady talent pipeline for your business needs. Right from the entry level to skilling of apprentices to suit your needs, we do it all.

The author, Girija S, heads the Apprenticeship Practice at Quess. Get in touch with her –