Thousands of businesses are benefiting from taking on apprentices and / or supporting their existing employees develop new skills through an Apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are nationally recognised, work based training programmes which allow you to bring new talent through the ranks and to train existing employees with the skills they need to help your business succeed.

Apprenticeships combine on the job training with study, to ensure your employees develop the key skills and knowledge needed by your industry.  They can help:

− grow your business and solve recruitment challenges.

− breed creativity and enthusiasm with new talent, or retain and upskill current staff.

− provide training that’s tailored to the needs and requirements of your business – learning can even be done in your workplace, minimising disruption and maximising impact.

Apprenticeships are a productive and effective way for you to grow your own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships contribute towards:

– improving productivity in the workplace.

– increasing employee satisfaction.

– reducing staff turnover.

– reducing recruitment costs.

Apprenticeships are a productive and effective way for you to grow your own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Apprenticeships contribute towards:

– improving productivity in the workplace.

– increasing employee satisfaction.

– reducing staff turnover.

– reducing recruitment costs.

We offer Apprenticeships in a wide variety of occupations including Furniture Occupations, Wood Machining, Business Administration, Customer Service, Information Technology, Catering and Hospitality, Food Manufacturing, General Manufacturing, Warehouse and Storage, Glass Occupations, Carpentry and Joinery, Team Leading, Management and Retail.

If you employ an apprentice or choose to up-skill your workforce via Apprenticeships, there are some things you need to have in place..

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.

Depending upon the size of your company and Apprenticeship area chosen, training costs will differ.  As apprentices are employees of your company, you are responsible for paying your apprentice’s wage.  You must pay at least the Apprenticeship minimum wage and can find out more by clicking here.  The Apprenticeship minimum wage relates to apprentices aged 16 to 18 or aged 19 and above in the first year of their Apprenticeship.


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