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Employ an Apprentice

Hiring an apprentice can help you:

  • fill a skills gap
  • get a fresh perspective
  • keep existing staff
  • have a cost-effective recruitment model
  • boost productivity

The Programme helps learners gain on-the-job training, study for a qualification and earn money while they learn.

An apprenticeship is a great way for young people to gain practical experience, skills and knowledge which can be used in your workplace.

What do I need to know?

Apprenticeships are funded at either 95 or 100% by the government. This is dependant on your company size and the age of your apprentice when they enrol. Employers with an annual wage bill of over £3 million. If this is the case, you will automatically pay into an apprenticeship levy and have access to these funds via your online Digital Account Service. If this does not apply to your business, you will log on to the Digital Account Service and reserve the funding required for your apprentice.

Currently, the Apprenticeship Wage is £4.30 per hour. The minimum apprenticeship wage applies to those aged 16-18, and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices should be paid the National Minimum Wage for their age, or more.

Employers can apply for a payment of £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021.

They must have an apprenticeship start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021.

In addition to this there is an extra £1,000 incentive available to employers for hiring an apprentice aged between 16 – 18.

Both incentives are processed in equal payments after 3 months and 12 months.

Apprentices should work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, and a maximum of 40. Time spent off the job at a college or in training is included. Part-time apprenticeships can be arranged in special circumstances at a minimum of 16 hours per week. For example where apprentices have caring responsibilities.

We are proud to boast a roll on roll off curriculum which means all apprenticeships can begin at any point within the year.

There is no upper limit on the number of apprentices a company can employ, we would only advise that you are able to provide all with a quality experience.

Yes! If you have a member of staff looking to up skill or change roles within the organisation.

Higher Level Apprenticeships

A Higher Level Apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with studying for a higher qualification.

It will help you grow your business’ talent by developing your employees’ skills.

Offering a Higher Level Apprenticeship will help you keep your business up to the date with the latest techniques and increase productivity.

You can fill your own skills gaps by tailoring learning to your workplace while offering a clear work-based progression pathway to your employees.

Research shows that employees offered Higher Level Apprenticeships show more loyalty and often stay with that employer for longer as a result.

For more information, or to request a visit to your workplace or business, please contact the Business Development Team on 01274 728316.

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