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Apprenticeship Information for Employers

Apprenticeships Information For Employers

How to take on an apprentice as an employer, what’s expected of you and what funding you can get.

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Apprenticeships are more popular than ever. Currently, one in five employers are investing in the training of more apprentices.

In return, employers benefit from a motivated member of staff who wants to learn and help their business grow.

Benefits of taking on an apprentice

  • 80% of employers state that apprentices have made their business more productive.
  • Apprentices get access to the latest industry knowledge and technology through their training and qualifications. Having apprentices with up-to-date technical and business skills and knowledge may help your company target new clients and open up markets.
  • Skills and knowledge can be passed on to colleagues, improving team performance
  • Increased loyalty to your business, resulting in high value long-term investments
  • Improved health and safety and reduced absenteeism
  • Familiarity with new legislation and quality standards
  • An improved corporate image

What is expected of my business?

You must pay an apprentice at least the minimum wage. If your business is eligible, there are grants available from the Government and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), to help with your costs.

What we can offer you

  • Regular feedback on your Apprentices’ progress
  • On site visits by our Assessors
  • A dedicated team of staff as point of contact for your queries
  • Help to place your Apprentices on programmes
  • Help to fill Apprenticeship vacancies you may have

Your apprentice must also:

  • Work with skilled and experienced employees
  • Learn skills specific to jobs in your industry
  • Study for a work-based qualification during their working week, for example, at a college or training provider.

You should also:

  • allow your apprentice to visit customers and suppliers and go to demonstrations and exhibitions that may benefit them
  • give them access to in-house training, helpful resources, specialist information, technology, software and equipment they may need
  • give them as much encouragement, advice and support as possible. This will help them progress and lead to greater rewards for your business.

Employers’ responsibilities

As the employer of an apprentice, it is your responsibility to:

  • Ensure your Apprentices are employed full-time by your company under UK Employment Law
  • Pay wages under the PAYE scheme
  • Ensure wages are in line with minimum statutory requirements for Apprentices
  • Include your employees’ College days in their contracts
  • Pay your contribution for apprentices aged 19+ when invoiced by the College
  • Provide a range of work opportunities in order for your Apprentices to meet the required NVQ standards
  • Provide access for College staff to visit your Apprentices on site or in the workplace
  • Ensure Health and Safety requirements are met and that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided where necesssary
  • Nominate Supervisors/Mentors to support and encourage your Apprentices to achieve their targets and qualifications

How to recruit an apprentice

Employers can either take on a new apprentice or place an existing employee onto the scheme. If you are considering taking on an Apprentice or are looking for an Apprentice to fill a job vacancy, we support the following sectors:

  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy
  • Business and Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Management
  • Retail
  • We will support apprenticeship training in other sectors if possible – please contact us for a chat!
  • For further information please contact us:

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Apprenticeship Information for Employers