Apprentices learn through a combination of on and off-the-job training. This hands-on approach to learning means they gain valuable industry experience.
We offer a wide variety of apprenticeships across a range of industry areas, including:
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.
When you recruit an apprentice you would pay them like any other member of staff. The minimum wage for a young apprentice is £4.81 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.
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.
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Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
An apprentice aged 21 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £4.81.
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:
An apprentice aged 21 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £9.18.
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.
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.
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.
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.