An Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised, work based training programme designed to train new or existing employees aged 16+.

Apprenticeships are jobs with training and available at a variety of levels, allowing employees to gain valuable skills and knowledge in a specific role and industry.

They can be used to attract and grow new talent, or to develop the potential of current employees including graduates, who are moving into new roles or taking on new responsibilities.  They are a productive and effective way to grow your business and develop a more motivated and skilled workforce.

Employing an Apprentice can bring numerous benefits to your business including:

• increased productivity.

• increased employee satisfaction.

• reduced staff turnover.

Apprentices will be trained to understand how your industry works, so that your future workforce is exactly the way you want it to be. They can generate new ideas and creativity to expand your business and are a cost effective way of bringing a return on investment.

You will need to train a new apprentice in their job role and provide them with a mentor, as you would with any new member of staff.  The apprentice however, may need a little more support, especially if they have not worked in your industry before or are learning a new role.

We will visit your premises every 4 weeks to help with the training and guide your apprentice through their programme.

Apprentices are employees of your company and you are responsible for paying your apprentice’s wage.  You must pay at least the Apprenticeship minimum wage. The Apprenticeship minimum wage relates to apprentices aged 16 to 18, or aged 19 and above in the first year of their Apprenticeship.

Apprentices are employees of your company, with the same rights and responsibilities as any other employee.

As such, you will decide the days and hours you would like apprentices to work (which must be at least 30 hours per week), their rest breaks and paid holiday entitlement etc, in line with Employment Law and the Working Hours Directive.

If you employ an apprentice aged under 18, the law states that they must not work more than 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.  They are also entitled to paid holidays and rest breaks of at least 30 minutes if their shift lasts more than four and half hours.

If your apprentice is aged:

• 16-18; or

• 19-24 and is a care leaver or has a Local Authority Education, Health & Care Plan

… you’ll receive a £1,000 incentive payment for each apprentice.

Payments will be made in two equal instalments; the first once the apprentice has been on programme for 3 months and the second after the apprentice has been on programme for 12 months.  (It may take up to 9 weeks after the incentive payment dates for funds to be processed and transferred).

Grants may also be available but the availability and requirements for these change on a regular basis so you are best speaking to us for up-to-date information.

Depending upon the size of your company, different funding arrangements are in place for Apprenticeship training.  

If you employ an apprentice or choose to up-skill your workforce via Apprenticeships, there are some things you need to have in place. We will support you through this process, with advice on the specific requirements, such as Health & Safety.

As an employer you will need to ensure your apprentices:

• are employed in a real job that gives them the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they need to pass their assessment.

• are paid at least the minimum wage and have a contract of employment.

• work towards an approved Apprenticeship standard or framework.  Their training must last at least 12 months.
• are paid for time spent training or studying for their Apprenticeship, whether at work or at a training provider.

• have the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles. This includes: paid holidays • sick pay • any benefits you offer such as childcare voucher schemes • any support you offer such as coaching or mentoring.

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