• Apprenticeship info for employers

    Last updated 27-05-2016
    Information provided by National Apprenticeships Service

    An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job with substantial training and the development of transferable skills. It is a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn, gaining real skills and knowledge and a real future.

    The government want it to become the norm for young people to consider an apprenticeship as a route to a great career and secure finances in the years ahead. Higher and degree apprenticeships are widening access to the professions and providing higher level technical skills employers need to improve productivity and giving young people an equally valid career route as going to university.

    Hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

    Why are apprenticeships important?

    Young people can 'get in and go far' with an apprenticeship at some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies. They can gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed, while working and earning.

    With the expansion of higher and degree apprenticeships businesses can now access the higher-level technical skills vital to business performance and growth. Employers have the opportunity to attract new talent, offer progression and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

    Also, by offering traineeships, businesses have the opportunity to build a pool of high-quality future recruits for their sector, while helping young people take their first steps toward employment.

    What are the apprenticeship employer’s responsibilities?

    As the employer you must give your apprentice an induction into their role and provide on-the-job training. You are responsible for paying your
    apprentice’s wages and issuing their contract of employment. As an employee, the apprentice receives the same benefits as other employees.

    By employing an apprentice, you have certain requirements to meet:

    • Issuing a contract of employment and paying at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage. Apprentices aged 16-18, or who are in the first year of their apprenticeship, must be paid a minimum of £3.30 per hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age i.e. £5.30 per hour for apprentices aged 18-20, and £6.70 for those 21 and over. Many businesses pay more.

    • The minimum hours of employment for an apprentice should be at least 30 hours per week. By exception, 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. In such cases the duration of the apprenticeship should be extended.

    • All apprentices must have an Apprenticeship Agreement between the employer and the apprentice.
    • Provide apprentices with the same benefits as other employees.

    Government support

    The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships in England. It offers free impartial advice and support to employers looking to recruit for the first time or expand their apprenticeship and traineeship workforce. This includes simplifying the process of recruiting an apprentice or trainee through the support of employer focused teams. Through the Find an apprenticeship and Find a traineeship recruitment sites on GOV.UK employers can advertise their vacancies and potential apprentices or trainees can apply.

    There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship. Visit greatbusiness.gov.uk/apprenticeships to find out more about employing apprentices.

    Businesses can also access all the support and advice they need at www.greatbusiness.gov.uk.

    Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of 16–24 year olds (AGE)

    You may be eligible for a grant if:

    • You’re a small sized employer (those with fewer than 50 staff).

    • Your apprentice is aged 16 to 24.

    • You have not employed an apprentice in the last 12 months.

    • If you take on a trainee who then progresses onto an apprenticeship

    The grant aims to support businesses who would not otherwise be in a position to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the apprenticeship programme.

    The AGE grant is available in relation to apprentices working to approved apprenticeship frameworks. Apprentices working to new apprenticeship standards are not eligible.

    An employer, working with an approved Government-funded training organisation, can receive up to five grants in total. All we ask is that an apprentice has not started with you in the last year. Businesses that have received the grant have used it for equipment, accommodation and additional specialist training.

    Contact the National Apprenticeship Service on freephone 08000 150 600 to check your eligibility and apply.

    Apprenticeships videos for employers

    Why should you hire an apprentice? Video by the National Apprenticeship Service.

    How do you hire an apprentice? Video by the National Apprenticeship Service.

    Watch more - visit the apprenticeship video hub.

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    If you've got a question, we're on hand to answer it:

    Call 0800 0150400

    Lines open Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm

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    Got a question? We're on hand to answer it:

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    Lines open Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm

    Email: [email protected] .gov.uk

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