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, individuals 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.
Apprenticeship programmes are available at different levels:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) - considered equalivant to GCSEs
- Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) - considered equivalent to A-levels
- Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4) - considered equivalent to a foundation degree
How does an Apprenticeship work?
- Our Apprenticeship Recruitment Team will help you recruit the right Apprentice for your business by promoting vacancies on our website and social media platforms.
- Once the Apprentice has been selected and recruited, a training programme will start and will include both on and off the job training. This will include a range of nationally recognised qualifications (as well as English and maths if the Apprentice hasn't already achieved these qualifications).
- Apprentices will have a dedicated training assessor and College training days are led by industry experts.
- As the employer, you will decide the wage for your Apprentice at the beginning of their Apprenticeship. To attract the right candidates this needs to be competitive and many employers also include incentives to recognise and reward achievement.
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Are there any guidelines on salary?
The current minimum wage rate for an Apprentice is £3.90 (April 2019). This applies to Apprentices aged 16-19 or in the first year of their Apprenticeship. To find out more about the minimum wage for Apprentices over 19, please click here.
What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
Businesses with a wage bill in excess of £3m will be required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy (0.5% of your annual wage bill). Non-Levy paying businesses will need to pay a 5% contribution to training costs, typically £250 - £1,350 depending on the type and length of the Apprenticeship.
Businesses with 49 or less employees will not pay for training if they employ an Apprentice aged 16-18. All businesses will receive £1,000 when they employ an Apprentice who is 16-18 years old.
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.