Boost your business with an Apprentice
Hundreds of businesses now have Apprentices joining them to add new skills, add capacity in light of increased workloads, or as part of their succession planning. Many are enrolling existing members of staff on an Apprenticeship programme, allowing them to upskill and fill skills gaps within their organisation. Our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team offer specialist support to help recruit the right Apprentice for you, and provide the skills and qualifications training to support them in their role.
What is an Apprenticeship?
As well as being available in traditional trades such as hairdressing, car mechanics, engineering and construction, members of staff can also receive Apprenticeship training in professional sectors such as accountancy, business, management, IT and digital, marketing and many more. Apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16, and training programmes typically last between 12 – 18 months, but depending on level they can last up to four years.
How does an Apprenticeship work?
- Truro and Penwith College’s recruitment team can help you recruit the right Apprentice for your business, by promoting vacancies as well as identifying individuals from our Talent Bank of potential candidates. View Apprenticeship jobs we are currently recruiting here.
- Once the Apprentice is identified and employed a training programme starts including on and off the job training. This includes a range of nationally recognised qualifications and if the Apprentice hasn’t already achieved relevant qualifications, maths, English and IT if relevant to the role.
- Apprentices will have a dedicated training assessor and training at the College is led by trainers who are experts in their industry.
- As an employer you will set the wage for your Apprentices at the start of the Apprenticeship. To attract the right candidates this needs to be competitive and many employers build in incentives to recognise achievement. Employers may be able to access a grant (AGE grant) if recruiting 16 – 24 year olds in a small company (less than 50 employees). Contact us for up-to-date information on grants and funding, including the Apprenticeship Levy (new for 2017).
How much will hiring an Apprentice cost?
- The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to staff aged 16-18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of an Apprenticeship. After this they are entitled to the National minimum wage for their age.
- To attract the right candidate we recommend you look at the role and how it compares to other roles within your organisation, and offer a fair wage.
- The cost of Apprenticeship training is paid through government funding, with a small company contribution of £500 - £750 per Apprentice. This will change as Apprenticeship reforms are implemented in 2017. Our team are on hand to advise how this could affect your business, call 01872 242711.
What commitment is required of you and your business?
- As with any members of staff, commitment to their development, setting clear tasks and objectives and enabling them to develop new skills. You will also be required to meet the legal requirements of relevant legislation such as health and safety, equal opportunities and working time directive.
- A minimum 1-year contract
- Nominate a key contact or mentor for the learner.
What do I do next?
- Talk to our Apprenticeship team by calling 01872 242711 or email email@example.com
- Discuss your requirements and queries with a Business Development Advisor.
- Complete a vacancy form and the College will then advertise the vacancy with the option to support you through shortlisting and interview processes if required. View vacancies we are currently advertising here.
- The College will create a timetable for agreed training
- The Apprentice starts employment with you, along with visits from their training advisor and training sessions with the College.