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Apprenticeships

At the Growth Company, we have a wide range of apprenticeships to help your business thrive. Whether you are looking to recruit a new member to your team, or you would like to upskill a current member of staff, we have an apprenticeship programme just for you.
Why employ an apprentice?
Just some of the benefits of investing in an apprentice.

Improve productivity

Help your employees work smarter, not harder, with the right skills

Enhance morale

Developing skills will make a happier and healthier workforce

Increase retention

Show your workforce you'rer invested in them both now, and in future

Attract talent

Make your organisation more attractive to the best candidates.
What is an apprenticeship?

Apprentices learn through a combination of on and off-the-job training. This hands-on approach to learning means they gain valuable industry experience.

What types of apprenticeships are available?

We offer a wide variety of apprenticeships across a range of industry areas, including:

  • Accounting and Banking
  • Automotive
  • Business and Administration (including professional and management and marketing)
  • Childcare, Health and Social Care
  • Construction
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hospitality, Retail and Customer Service
  • Insurance
  • IT and Digital
  • Teaching and Education
How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

This depends on the type of apprenticeship and the level. On average an apprenticeship can take up to 18 months, but may be longer for more advanced programmes.

How much does an apprentice cost?

When you recruit an apprentice you would pay them like any other member of staff. The minimum wage for a young apprentice is £4.30 per hour, however, most employers pay more in order to recruit the best candidates.

 

You will also be required to contribute to the training costs, which again vary based on the type of apprenticeship. However, there is a range of support and funding options available, including the Apprenticeship Levy for larger organisations.

 

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage (for those aged 23 and over) and the National Minimum Wage (for those of at least school leaving age). The rates change on 1 April every year.

  23 and over 21 to 22 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2021 (current rate)    £8.91 £8.36 £6.56 £4.62 £4.30
April 2022 £9.50 £9.18 £6.83 £4.81 £4.81

Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Example An apprentice aged 21 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £4.30.

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Example An apprentice aged 21 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £8.36.

Where will an apprentice learn?

Depending on the type of apprenticeship the apprentice will learn through a combination of on-the-job learning and off-the-job training. Off-the-job can be delivered either in one of our centres, or at your premises.

What commitment will I need to make?

When you recruit an apprentice it is a commitment for both the apprentice and you. You will need to support them every step of the way and work with your dedicated apprenticeship assessor to ensure you are helping them achieve.

What support will I receive?

As mentioned, you will receive a dedicated assessor who will guide you through the entire process. They will provide you with an apprenticeship delivery plan which will give you a step-by-step guide on what to expect along the way and all the support you may need.

Levy Matchmaking Service

If you are an SME and are looking to recruit an apprentice you can take advantage of the Levy Matchmaking. This means your company is not required to pay the 5% co-investment. Find out more here.

Contact us

For more information about apprenticeships or to arrange a skills consultation with one of our experts, please contact us at business@gceducationandskills.ac.uk or call 0161 233 2656