Employers and Businesses

Apprenticeships: Employers

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.

Your responsibilities as an employer

You must pay apprentices at least the national minimum wage.

Apprentices under 19, or who are over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship, must be paid at least the national minimum wage for apprentices.

Apprentices should be employed for at least 30 hours per week. Where the individual’s circumstances or the particular nature of employment in a given sector makes this impossible, then an absolute minimum of 16 hours must be met.

An apprenticeship agreement must be signed by both the employer and the apprentice.

Get in touch

Please contact our team to find out more about hiring apprentices:

39/41 Chapel Street
Little Germany
Bradford
West Yorkshire
BD1 5BY

CTS Employer Guide (pdf)


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.

Last updated: 06 October 2021

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