Apprenticeships – Employer FAQs

What is an apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship offers young people and adult learners the opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’, gaining on the job experience in a real workplace as well as a nationally recognised qualification



How long does an apprenticeship last?


An apprenticeship lasts between two and five years, depending on the sector of industry and the job role.



What are the benefits of running an apprenticeship programme?


  • Greater productivity
  • Develop your work force with apprentices who are trained specifically to your requirements
  • Expand the recruitment base of your company
  • Funding may be available to subsidise an apprentice’s wages
  • Apprentices gain valuable qualifications, transferable skills and practical training
  • Excellent quality of work and loyalty as apprentices will be keen to repay your investment in their career development


What funding is available for businesses?


For eligible businesses, there is a government backed incentive of £1,500. The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) is available for businesses with fewer than 50 employees, for apprentices aged 16-24, as long as you have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months.


How does the training work?


The training is mainly carried out ‘on the job’ at the employer’s premises. The apprentice will need a mentor to teach them job-specific skills and to help them with any problems they encounter. There is also ‘off the job’ training, which may be in the form of day release or block release



How much do I need to pay an apprentice?


The National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is currently £3.40 per hour. For more information, please click this link.



What is an Apprenticeship Agreement and why is this required?


The Apprenticeship Agreement is required by the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (ASCLA) as part of the mandatory completion conditions for an apprenticeship. The agreement exists between the employer and the apprentice and it must state the particular occupation, trade or skill that the apprentice is undertaking. The Apprenticeship Agreement is necessary to emphasise that the requirements of the apprenticeship are understood by both the employer and the apprentice.