Apprenticeships Employer FAQs

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a structured training plan available to anyone employed within your organisation and provides the opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’, gaining on the job experience in a real workplace and developing additional knowledge, skills and behaviours as well as a nationally-recognised qualification, created by employers within the sector and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

An Apprenticeship can last between 12 months and five years, depending on the sector or industry and the Apprenticeship Standard required.

What are the benefits of running an Apprenticeship programme?

  • Greater productivity, increased retention, high ROI.
  • Develop your workforce with Apprentices who are trained specifically to your requirements
  • Expand the recruitment base of your company

If a levy payer the Apprenticeship programme could be fully funded from your digital account, only 5% of the total cost of training to pay, even if no levy, fully funded if you employ less than 49 staff.

Apprentices gain valuable knowledge, skills and behaviours. These can be transferable across roles and therefore enhance the Apprentices contribution to your business.

What funding is available for businesses?

Incentives of £1,000 are available for training 16-18 year olds.

The Government will fully fund Apprenticeship training if you employ less than 49 staff.

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 support them with their job-specific skills and assist with monitoring progress throughout the apprenticeship in conjunction with our delivery specialist. A key aspect is also the ‘off the job’ training, which can occur in many ways, including day release or block release.

How much do I need to pay an Apprentice?

The National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is currently £3.90 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, the Apprentice and the training provider and it must state the particular occupation, trade or skill that the Apprentice is undertaking. The Apprenticeship Agreement is necessary to identify the requirements of the Apprenticeship and secure the commitment of the employer the Apprentice and the provider.

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