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What is an apprenticeship and how will my business benefit?
From 1 April, government funding for employers hiring a new apprentice has increased, regardless of the age of the apprentice. Our Funding Update provides a summary of the new incentives. Employer payments of up to £4,000* per new apprentice hire are available. Our step by step Funding Incentive ‘How To’ Guide covers all you need to know. You can also call us on 0330 332 7997, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or start a live chat below to find out how we can help you support and develop your workforce.
An apprenticeship is a job with paid work experience with accompanying assessment and skills development programme. Apprenticeships offer benefits to the employers and individuals giving valuable hands-on experience to the apprentice and can provide your business with a boost to skills and help improve productivity.
Hiring an apprentice can also help increase employee satisfaction, reduce staff turnover and reduce your recruitment costs.
Provider Led User Journey | Using the Apprenticeship Service (pdf 2,000kb)
Who are they for?
Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for an apprenticeship. You could offer an apprenticeship to grow your business by taking on a new member of staff or you can use apprenticeships to develop your current employees.
How do apprenticeships work?
An apprenticeship is essentially a job with training. If you take on an apprentice they will work in your business with on-the-job training, which helps the apprentice to develop the specific skills needed for your workplace. In addition to working in your business, the apprentice would need to spend at least 20% of their time completing off-the-job training which can include study time, project work and shadowing.
Some apprentices may need further support, for example, if they need training in English and maths. As the training provider we can work with you as the employer to agree how the off-the-job training is delivered to limit the impact on the day to day running of your business.
What are my responsibilities as an employer taking on an apprentice?
As an employer taking on an apprentice, you need to ensure that there is a genuine job available which will last the length of the apprenticeship, which is a minimum of 12 months. The role must offer the opportunity to help the apprentice gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to complete their apprenticeship. You are also responsible for paying the apprentice’s wages.
We can talk you through the process and the support that we will offer during the apprenticeship. To find out more, contact us and ask to speak to a member of our Employer Engagement Team.
What apprenticeships are available?
We offer a variety of apprenticeships such as business administration & customer service, childcare, teaching assistants and leadership & management. We also offer traineeships in any sector.
How will you find me an apprentice?
Our video guide explains how we can find your perfect apprentice, with our free recruitment service…
What happens when the apprenticeship is completed?
There are a number of possibilities when the apprenticeship ends, as an employer you can offer the apprentice a permanent job in your workplace, but there is no requirement to do this. Offering a permanent role has a big benefit to you as an employer, as you will have invested time into developing them during the apprentice and they will know your business, how you work and how they fit in.
In most cases the apprentice will continue their apprenticeship and progress to the next level with you or another employer to gain a higher-level qualification.
Whatever the outcome, your organisation will have benefitted from the fresh perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm that so often comes from employing an apprentice.
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