There has never been a better time to consider taking on an Apprentice. With a huge Government focus on Apprenticeships and an investment of £1.5 billion in 2013-14, there are increasing numbers of opportunities available with both small and large companies. Apprenticeships are thriving and having a positive impact on the wider economy.

We hosted an informative breakfast during National Apprenticeship Week 2015 to celebrate apprenticeships and show how they can benefit YOUR business. Watch the highlights here:

Read our Apprenticeship FAQs below or contact us for free, impartial advice.

Apprenticeship FAQs

What is an Apprentice?
Apprentices must be aged 16 or over and work at least 30 hours a week, and they can be new or existing employees.

What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine working with studying at a college or training organisation for a nationally recognised work-based qualification from GCSE or equivalent level up to degree level.

How many different types of Apprenticeships are there?
There are more than 250 different types (frameworks) of Apprenticeships available, which covers over 1500 job roles in more than 170 industries.

How long do Apprenticeships last?
They take between 1 and 5 years to complete, depending on the level and industry

What different levels are there?
There are 3 levels depending on current skills and qualifications:

Is there funding available for businesses who want to take on an Apprentice?
Yes, you can apply for a grant if your business is eligible. £1500 is available to small to medium-sized employers (less than 50) for up to 5 Apprentices aged 16-24.

How much do Apprentices get paid?
At least the minimum Apprentice wage of £2.73 per hour (for age 16-18) but many businesses pay more.

Step by step process for taking on an Apprentice

1.) Choose a framework for an Apprenticeship in your industry at a suitable level. There are many issuing authorities with frameworks for each industry – find out more here.

2.) Register your interest with the National Apprenticeship Service (optional).

3.) Find a training organisation – you can search here.
An approved training provider or college will support the delivery of on and off the job training. They will also work with you to help you recruit the best person to suit your business, discuss your job requirements and advertise your vacancy.

4.) Apply for a grant if you are eligible – check here.

5.) Advertise your vacancy via your training organisation, your own website and we can also advertise them for you.

6.) Select an Apprentice and make an official agreement with them, including the length of the Apprenticeship, training, working conditions and qualification. Templates are available online.

What are the benefits to businesses?

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