Think an Apprentice might be right for your business?

We’ve put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Apprenticeships to help you with your decision.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a work-focused programme of training to an industry standard. The Apprentice will gain the skills and knowledge expected within their specific industry by completing a mixture of on-the-job and off-the-job training.

How long does an Apprenticeship take?

In most cases, an Apprenticeship can last anywhere between one and four years, this depends on the qualification that will be achieved upon completion.

Why would I want to recruit an Apprentice?

Taking on an Apprentice is a smart, cost-effective way to grow your business. By recruiting an Apprentice you will be bringing new blood into your business along with their enthusiasm and ideas.

Are there any monetary incentives for taking on an apprentice?

Yes! Employers who hire a new apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 30 September 2021 will receive a payment of:

  • £3,000 for apprentices of any age

The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:

  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 with an education, health and care plan or who has been in the care of their local authority

You’ll get the payment in 2 equal instalments. You’ll receive 50% after the apprentice completes 90 days of their apprenticeship and the remaining 50% after the apprentice completes 365 days.

An existing employee has suggested they would be interested in an Apprenticeship. Can I put them on a programme?

Absolutely! Putting an existing member of your team onto an Apprenticeship is a great way of helping them take on fresh responsibilities and benefit from structured training.

What are my responsibilities as the employer?

You must give your apprentice an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. As with all employees, you are also responsible for the wages of your apprentice.

How can I recruit an Apprentice

It all starts with you - the employer. By working with our Employer Engagement team and Apprenticeships+ Recruitment Team, we can help you to craft the perfect job description and Apprenticeship advertisement so that you can really sell the benefits of working with your organisation.

The Apprenticeships+ Recruitment Team will publish your advert across a variety of platforms in order to maximise reach and visibility.

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